Protection of Yanukovych: a Subpoena is illegal

Защита Януковича: Повестка в суд незаконна

Every citizen of Ukraine must by law be called to court via the Ministry of justice of the country where it is located, the lawyer said Yanukovych.

The call of former President Viktor Yanukovych in a Kiev court has no legal force, since the summons was directed without compliance with the Ukrainian laws, said his lawyer Vitaly Serdyuk in the air of 112 Ukraine.

On the eve of Kyiv Obolon district court summoned Yanukovych at a meeting on 4 may, which will hear the case of treason, ex-President. The relevant notice was published on the website of the judiciary.

“What you saw on the website of the judiciary, what was published about the direction of the agenda by e-mail, has no legal force and discontinuing the proceedings on the merits”, – said the lawyer.

He noted that every citizen of Ukraine, who is abroad, according to the requirements of the law, is called through the Ministry of justice of the country where it is located.

“There are no calls in the manner prescribed by article 135 of the criminal procedure code was not done. Therefore, Yanukovych is not officially notified about the time and place of the hearing and the court will not proceed to the examination without proper call person in the courtroom,” says the defender.

However, the lawyer assured that he will attend the meeting of the Obolonskiy district court of Kiev on may 4.

Last week, President Petro Poroshenko signed the law for the trial in absentia of Yanukovych.

In turn, the lawyers of the former President’s claim that trial in absentia of Yanukovych illegal. The Prosecutor’s office say that the only reason for the termination in absentia proceedings is its voluntary appearance in Ukraine.