Fugitive Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych sent a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) due to “repeated violations of human rights against him by Ukraine”, – said a press release of the British law firm Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, Joinfo.ua reports.
“The basis for filing a lawsuit was multiple lawsuits filed against Yanukovych, a violation of his right for the fair and independent judicial trial”, – the report says.
Among the reasons for filing a law suit was pointed the decision of the Pechersk district court of Kyiv on the initiating the procedure of convicting Yanukovych in absentia and the refusal of the General Prosecutor’s Office to allow him to testify at the place of his actual residence or by a video conference.
“Ukrainian courts are not independent and free from the influence of the highest state officials, they can not act impartially and do not provide a fair trial. A striking example, among others, is a decision of the Pechersk court to allow a special pre-trial investigation of the case against Yanukovych during his absence, and he was not been allowed to participate in meetings by video conference …”- said the press release.
July 27 Pechersk district court ruled on the petition of the Prosecutor General to initiate the procedure to put Yanukovych in absentia on trial.
General Prosecutor’s Office summoned Yanukovich on August 11 for questioning, but he did not appear, instead arrived his lawyers.