Yanukovych's lawyers complain to U.S. embassy, UNHR about rights violations
Lawyers for disgraced ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych from the Aver Lex association together with American lawyer Stephen Shneibaum have told representatives of the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine and the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine about the violation of their rights by the Ukrainian authorities.
Aver Lex's press service, citing lawyer Vitaliy Serdiuk, said on October 24 at the meetings, issues were raised involving "specific instances of political pressure on judges and lawyers carried out in violation of the principles of the rule of law." The lawyers said Ukraine's top leaders were involved.
"In particular, they discussed a gross violation of the presumption of innocence, insufficient independence of the investigating authorities, an unfair court and politically motivated changes to the law, which are used for the purpose of political persecution of Yanukovych and his defenders," Serdiuk was quoted as saying.
According to Serdiuk, any sentence imposed in the state treason case against Yanukovych would not be considered "fair, just and credible at the international level."