A court in Kiev may pass a life sentence on former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in the case of treason, director of the Ukrainian Institute for Policy Analysis and Management Ruslan Bortnik said.
Earlier, the Prosecutor-General’s Office of Ukraine said that the Obolonskyy district court of Kiev will begin to read out Yanukovych’s sentence in the case of treason on Thursday. The presidential election in Ukraine is scheduled for 31 March, while the parliamentary elections will be held in autumn this year.
At the same time, he admits that an appeal against this decision will be filed, while only European courts will put an end to the case. This is reported by
At the end of June 2017, the Court began consideration of the merits of the case of treason against Yanukovych. This is one of a number of criminal cases that the new Ukrainian authorities initiated against the former head of state after the coup d’état in 2014.
In the case of treason, the prosecutor’s office was going to demand life imprisonment for Yanukovych in court, but later the prosecution requested that Yanukovych be sentenced to 15 years in prison. The ex-president categorically denies his guilt.