Former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych sent an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights or ECHR claiming "the violation of his right to participate in court hearings in the case, where he is accused by the Ukrainian Prosecutor's Office of state treason." This was announced by Yanukovych's lawyer, Vitaly Serdyuk on Espresso TV.
"Viktor Yanukovych has already signed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights, which refers to the violation of the right for access to justice, which talks about illegal attempts to convict in absentia. This claim was signed and handed over to my English colleagues for submission to the European Court of Human Rights," Serdyuk said.
A previous report announced that the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko promised to comply with all the rights of the defendant guaranteed by law during the state's legal proceedings.
Lutsenko recalled that on May 4, a trial would begin that would be "unprecedented for Ukraine." He was referring to the Prosecutor General's Office acting on behalf of the state of Ukraine to accuse the former president of high treason.
Lutsenko hopes that the future decision of the court sets an important precedent from the point of view of higher justice. He also hopes that it serves "as a warning to all those who would dare to tread the path of high treason in the future."
In other recent events, the Prosecutor General's Office has already completed transferring Yanukovych's funds to the accounts of the State Treasury.