10:58 03.02.2018

Yanukovych's 1st trial will be immediately followed by 2nd - Ukrainian prosecutor general

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Yanukovych's 1st trial will be immediately followed by 2nd - Ukrainian prosecutor general

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko expects that, after the completion of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's trial on high treason charges, a new trial will begin in which Yanukovych and a number of other former government officials are charged with crimes against Maidan activists.

"As soon as Yanukovych's trial on high treason charges ends, new proceedings will begin immediately against Yanukovych, [former Interior Minister Vitaliy] Zakharchenko, and [former Security Service chief Oleksandr] Yakymenko, who, as we firmly believe, issued a criminal order to shoot civilians," Lutsenko said.

"We have evidence, facts, and witness testimonies," Lutsenko said in an interview shown on Ukrainian television on Friday evening. "As soon as the first proceedings produce a result, we will start the second one," he said.

Asked why these two trials cannot go simultaneously, Lutsenko replied, "Because everything would have to be started over once again."

"There are a lot of suspicions and a lot of trials" concerning Yanukovych, he said.

Yanukovych's conviction in absentia would legalize the confiscation of all of his assets, Lutsenko said.

In commenting on the investigation into the shootings of activists on Maidan in February 2014, Lutsenko said, "We completed investigations concerning about 70% of those who fulfilled criminal orders and who applied violence, including killings of peaceful demonstrators. As many as 280 people are currently tried on charges of resistance, illegal detention, and even killings of peaceful demonstrators."

He, however, refrained from predicting when the case concerning the shootings on Maidan would be passed to a court.

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