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 PGO to request life imprisonment for Yanukovych, - prosecutor Kravchenko

The Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) intends to request the Obolonskyi district court of Kyiv to give a life sentence to ex-president Viktor Yanukovych.

Prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko told a briefing today, Censor.NET reports citing 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"The evidence in this criminal proceeding includes testimonies of witnesses, documents, expert opinions, evidentiary items and other photo and video materials. We are confident that our evidence base was collected during the pre-trial investigation in line with the provisions of the Ukrainian Criminal Procedure Code. I am confident that we will be able to prove Yanukovych's guilt in the Obolonskyi district court and in Ukrainian judicature as a whole," the prosecutor said.

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Kravchenko noted that if a verdict of guilty is brought, this case will likely to be followed through all other courts, even if the defense will express its desire to file a complaint to the ECHR.

"The maximum punishment is life imprisonment. The prosecution will request the maximum penalty - the life sentence - since suspected Yanukovych has not pled guilty during the pre-trial investigation," he added.

Kravchenko added that the prosecution had interviewed and planned to question more than 100 witnesses.

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As reported, Yanukovych is accused of committing criminal offenses under by part 1 of article 111 (high treason - punished by imprisonment for a period of 10 to 15 years), part 3 of article 110 (encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, which led to the death of people or other grave consequences - punished by imprisonment for a period of 7 to 12 years), part 2 of article 437 (waging of a war of aggression or aggressive military actions - punished by imprisonment for a period of 10 to 15 years), part 5 of article 27 (it punishes an accomplice as an assisting offender) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Earlier, Obolonskyi district court of Kyiv adjourned its private session on the treason case against Ukraine's ex-president Yanukovych for May 18.

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