10:23 30.08.2018

Yanukovych's lawyers insist on intl sanctions against some prosecutors, MPs and judges in case on treason

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Yanukovych's lawyers insist on intl sanctions against some prosecutors, MPs and judges in case on treason

Lawyers from the Aver Lex law firm, representing the interests of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, have appealed to the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, the Bundestag and international human rights organizations with a statement that criminal proceedings against them have been launched in Ukraine.

"Our actions to protect Viktor Yanukovych ... began to hamper the incumbent authorities in implementing their desire to bury the truth about the tragic and fateful events of 2013-2014. In connection with this, it is quite logical that the next step was the initiation of a criminal case against us. That, in fact, is another confirmation of the correctness of our position and the fear of the authorities that the truth will be known to the society and finally confirm the guilt of its individual representatives in the mass death of Ukrainians, the loss of territorial integrity and a socio-economic collapse," lawyer Vitaliy Serdiuk said.

According to him, this is not the first attempt of preventing lawyers from performing their professional duties on the part of the authorities, prosecutors, courts and other instances.

"The scheme in all the cases is the same: to remove the lawyers under the contract and attract, even if not legally, a loyal state lawyer under the control of the prosecution whose function is to assist in issuing the verdict needed to the authorities and the Prosecutor General's Office," the expert said.

According to him, the only possible mechanism for impeding the "total disregard for human rights" is the imposition of personal sanctions against persons "helping neutralize the European principles of administration of justice."

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