10:42 19.11.2018

Yanukovych hospitalized with severe injury, unable to move

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Yanukovych hospitalized with severe injury, unable to move

Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has been taken to a hospital, Yanukovych's lawyer Oleksandr Horoshynsky said on Sunday.

"I confirm that Viktor Yanukovych has sustained a severe injury and has been hospitalized," Horoshynsky said on the television channel News One.

According to the lawyer, Yanukovych will be unable to make his final statement in a video-link to the Kyiv Obolonsky District Court, which is hearing his treason case, on November 19.

"We had a brief meeting yesterday, and exchanged a few words on tomorrow's court hearing. Of course, he can take no part in the hearing for health reasons; he is actually unable to move," Horoshynsky said.

The media said earlier that Yanukovych had been hospitalized in Moscow.

The Kyiv Obolonsky District Court said on October 30 that debates at Yanukovych's treason trial had come to an end.

The court gave Horoshynsky time for being registered as a foreign lawyer in Russia, so that he could attend Yanukovych's final statement in a video-conference format.

"The court believes that November 19 is the reasonable deadline by which you can either be registered or not. If the court fails to hear Viktor Yanukovych for some reason, and he waives his right, then, consistent with the Criminal Procedure Code, the court will have an obligation and a right to recess for making a final decision in this case," Presiding Judge Vladyslav Deviatko said. He added that was the last date when Yanukovych could make his final statement in the Obolonsky District Court.

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