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 Hearing in high treason case against Yanukovych: lawyer Meshechek steps down

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On Aug. 17, Obolonskyi district court of Kyiv held its eight hearing in the case of high treason by 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.

Text updates from the previous hearing can be found here.

Censor.NET reported live from the court.

11:09 The court accepted Meshechek's stepping down from the case of Yanukovych. The court instructed the regional center for provision of free legal assistance in Kyiv to provide continuous legal assistance without delay and to appoint a new state attorney for Yanukovych, as well as ensure his or her showing up at the next court session. The court also ordered the new lawyer to appear in court and familiarize with the case materials before the next meeting, which is scheduled for Sept. 6 at 10 a.m.. According to the court, three weeks is enough for a new defender to familiarize with the case.

The decision was read by Judge Deviatko. He thanked attorney Meshechek for his work. The judge noted that the lawyer can not be forced to handle the case.

In addition, the court will re-post an advertisement for Yanukovych in the newspaper Uriadovyi Curier, on the court's website, as well as send letters to the Russian Federation with a proposal to take direct part in the process, including through video communication.

The court also named the dates of the next sessions. In September: 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 21, 27, 28. In October: 5, 11, 12, 19, 25 and 26. All meetings are scheduled for 10 a.m.

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10:09 Judges left for a jury room to discuss the statement by Meshechek.

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10:07 Prosecutors objected Meshechek's resignation and say he is derailing the process. Prosecutors say Meshechek participated in the witness questioning and should have stepped down earlier.

10:05 Meshechek says the case is too complicated, he has no assistants, and will not be able to do his job properly.

According to the law, the state can only offer one free lawyer to a case, not more.

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10:03 The hearing starts. Attorney Meshechek is stepping down from the case.

10:01 Prosecutors Maksym Krym, Ruslan Kravchenko, and Yanukovych's attorney Vitalii Meshechek are in the court.

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During the previous hearing, Aug. 15, former Ukraine envoy to U.N. Yurii Serhieiev was questioned, who was present at the U.N. SC meeting on March 3, 2014, when Russian envoy Vitaly Churkin presented the letter from Yanukovych to Putin on sending in troops.

 
 
 
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