Court to study videos of interrogations of officials as part of Maidan killings case
Kyiv's Pechersky District Court will study behind closed doors the videos of interrogations of high-ranking Ukrainian officials in the process on a motion from the Prosecutor General's Office to conduct a special pre-trial investigation in criminal proceedings on the suspicion of former President Viktor Yanukovych in the crimes that led to the killings of Maidan activists on February 18-20, 2014, the PGO's press service has reported.
At a meeting on Thursday, November 16, the court heard the testimony of Zakarpattia Regional Governor Hennadiy Moskal. Then the prosecutor in the case filed a petition to examine behind closed doors other statements of officials contained in 38 volumes of materials, with the goal of not disclosing the secrets of the pre-trial investigation.
Yanukovych's lawyer, Vitaliy Serdiuk, in turn, said on his Facebook page that in this way the court had closed the possibility for the media and society to further examine the videos of interrogations of MP Serhiy Pashynsky, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, Deputy Prime Minister Viacheslav Kyrylenko and other witnesses in the "Maidan case."
"Such an initiative by the PGO is a desire to forever bury the truth about the tragic events of the winter of 2014," he said.
In these proceedings, Yanukovych is suspected of organizing abuse of power and authority by law enforcement officers in order to prevent the holding of assembly, rallies, marches and demonstrations, which led to casualties among protesters, organizing premeditated murders and attempts on the killing of participants in mass rallies in the central part of Kyiv on February 18-20, 2014, and a terrorist attack on Instytutska Street in Kyiv on February 20, 2014.