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 Trial in high treason case against Yanukovych. Live updates

Obolonskyi district court of Kyiv has started its fourth hearing in the case of former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, who 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.

Censor.NET reports live from the process.

Earlier, Yanukovych announced he had decided not to participate in the trial on his high treason and wants to revoke his lawyers. Attorney Vitalii Meshechek was appointed by the state to defend former president.

10:31 Prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko says Yanukovych was offered three options to participate in the trial.

"But suspect Yanukovych never used it. All these statements about not being allowed to participate in the trial are aimed at provocation," Kravchenko said.

10:25 Meshechek says he supports the defense line offered by Yanukovych and believes that former president should participate in the trial via conference call.

"No one can deprive him of the ability to participate in the process."

Meshechek says he will coordinate his activities with Yanukovych and his former attorneys.

10:21 Prosecutor Maksym Krym says he doesn't mind and allows three weeks for Meshechek to study the materials.

Judge Deviatko says the jury decided to announce a break in the trial until Aug. 3, 10 a.m.

10:17 The lawyer says he has seen information in media about how many tomes the defense in the case is able to read during one day. Meshechek says it's "pressure upon me and the court" and says he will need "at least a month."

10:12 Meshechek tells the judge he has no recusals against prosecutors or judges and wants to file a request. He asks to give him enough time to study case materials.

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10:11 Prosecutors and Judges entered the court room.

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10:09 Representatives of the attorney firm that used to defend Yanukovych are also present in the court.

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09:58 Meshechek says he is a criminal cases expert.

09:55 New lawyer Meshechek says he will not agree his defense line with media, says he is not a Donetsk lawyer, he practices in Kyiv. He says he has never met Prosecutor General Lutsenko or Viktor Yanukovych before.

09:45 New lawyer Vitalii Meshechek arrives in court.

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He refused to provide any commentaries and says has drafted several motions he plans to present during the hearing.















 
 
 
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