Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.
"I don't want to participate in an alleged adversary trial the outcome of which has been determined in advance. I have made a decision to recall my defense team from the proceedings; there is no doubt about their skills, but lawyers are powerless in the country of obliterated justice," he said during Vremya program aired by Russia's Channel One on Wednesday.
Yanukovych said he "held no illusions about goals and objectives set by the current authorities before the court and knew they would try to achieve them by any means," he said.
"'By handing over the judgment of conviction, accusing me of all past, present and future woes of Ukraine," he said.
"It's not a court, but a sham, pure and simple. Special laws on conviction in absentia were adopted promptly under pressure of citizen Poroshenko [the Ukrainian president - ed.] to convict me. It's a direct violation of the European Convention on Human Rights. In addition, all my requests to provide me a chance to participate in the trial via video conference have been dismissed," he said.
A hearing in the case of Yanukovych's treason will continue in Kyiv's Obolonsky District Court on Thursday. Former president of Ukraine is charged with high treason, assistance in waging aggressive war, assistance in violation of Ukraine's territorial integrity and immunity that lead to human casualties or other grave consequences.
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