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 Ninth hearing in Yanukovych case ended: new attorney asks for more time to prepare, schedule of hearings agreed

On Sept. 6, Obolonskyi district court of Kyiv held its ninth 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.

New attorney Maksym Herasko was present at today's hearing. He asked for more time to familiarize with the case materials, as he had been appointed only recently.

Prosecutor Maksym Krym said the letter inviting the lawyer to familiarize with the case was sent to Herasko on Aug. 28.

Herasko filed a claim to postpone the hearing as he is not ready to participate in it fully. He said the court is biased and wants to make a quick ruling in the case.

Herasko asked for three months to familiarize with the case materials. Prosecutors said 10 days would be enough.

The attorney also said the case was a political one, and prosecutors replied that the case is criminal, not political.

The jury scheduled the next hearing for Sept. 21, 2 p.m.

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Attorney Maksym Herasko

During earlier 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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