President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a law amending the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, which allows you to condemn the former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who had fled to Russia, in absentia. About this Poroshenko wrote in his Twitter , and in two languages.
“I signed a law that will allow for the trial of Yanukovych,” – shared first in Ukrainian, then in English Poroshenko. The press service Poroshenko specifies that the president signed the law provides for “the irreversibility of the punishment for certain crimes against national security, public safety and corruption-related crimes.”
The Verkhovna Rada approved the bill on October 7 at the second attempt. According to the document, the Criminal and Criminal Procedure Codes have been changed, and now the law provides for the possibility of pre-trial investigation and court proceedings in the absence of the suspect (accused), for example, “in cases where the suspect or the accused, being outside of Ukraine, hiding from the investigation and trial . “
In August this year, the Attorney General of Ukraine Vitaly Yarema said A bill to allow absentee conviction to prosecute ex-president Viktor Yanukovych and his former entourage, reports Tass. Note that the new rules also provide an opportunity for the confiscation of property falling under its scope of people.
Justice Minister Pavel Petrenko said that “the law gives you the opportunity to complete dozens of criminal cases against former officials, primarily Yanukovych, Arbuzov and others, which at the moment to seize assets worth tens of billions hryvnia, but they can not be involved in the budget, since it is necessary to the court’s decision. “
“From tomorrow at our prosecutors, investigative agencies, courts will be able to finally open meeting put in the dock and bring to justice those who plundered our people, to make appropriate steps to their property if it is acquired by unfair means”, – emphasized in Poroshenko statement on its website .
“That they be held responsible for the events triggered by them in Ukraine. Their full compliance with the Constitution, international law, received credit for the crimes committed against the Ukrainian people”, – concluded the president.
At home Yanukovych and Pshonka suspected premeditated mass murder.Former president and former Attorney General – defendants in the case of the shooting of peaceful protests of citizens from 30 November 2013 to 22 February 2014. In February in Kiev stated that they would seek an international court over Yanukovich. In April, the International Criminal Court began a preliminary investigation of crimes committed during the events on Independence.
In March, it was reported that Interpol had received from the Ukrainian officialrequest for the arrest of Yanukovych. However, on 30 September, when it became clear that the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine has openedanother production at the former Head of State, it was reported that Interpol refuses to look for Viktor Yanukovych because of insufficient evidence.
Recall that Yanukovych is also suspected of terrorism , in calling for the overthrow of the constitutional order and the seizure of state power , and abuse of authority in connection with the non-recognition of the Holodomor of 1932-1933.