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 Trial of Yanukovych: hearing lasted for two minutes as attorney did not show up

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On Wednesday, Oct. 11, the Obolonskyi district court of Kyiv held 14th hearing in the case of high treason against fugitive former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.

As reported by Censor.NET correspondent, Judge Deviatko announced the hearing could not be held due to absence of Yanukovych's attorney Maksym Herasko, who is currently in Russia seeing his client.

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"Yesterday, the judge received an email from Herasko where he informed him that he was seeing Yanukovych and would be back on Oct. 13. He asked to postpone the hearing until then," Judge Vladyslav Deviatko said.

The prosecutors said they believe this situation to be a delaying of the process.

"We are forced to agree, but he had enough time, and this is abuse and an attempt to delay," Prosecutor Maksym Krym said.

The judges announced that the next hearing in the case against Yanukovych will be held on Oct. 19 at 3 p.m.

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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.

Earlier, Yanukovych revoked his attorneys and decided not to participate in the hearing. Attorney Vitalii Meshechek was appointed by the state to defend him. On July 12, the court granted the motion by Meshechek to allow him some time to familiarize with the materials in the case and scheduled the next hearing for Aug. 3. On Aug. 3, the judges schedule a hearing for Aug. 15 to question important witness, former Ukrainian envoy to the U.N. Serhieiev.
 
 
 
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