People's Deputy from the Opposition Platform—For Life faction Viktor Medvedchuk, accused of high treason, complained about the "illegal actions of the Ukrainian authorities" to the European Court of Human Rights.
According to the post of Renat Kuzmin, member of the same faction, on Facebook, Medvedchuk, in particular, accused the authorities of the political motivation of his criminal prosecution, of gross violation of the right to a fair trial, as well as of violation of the right to liberty and security of person.
"Taking into account the latest statement of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights about gross violations committed by the Ukrainian authorities when banning the opposition TV channels associated with Medvedchuk, the decision of the ECHR is not difficult to predict. As well, it is not difficult to predict the consequences for judges and prosecutors who violated the law to please the big bosses. The case can be considered on a priority basis, and that means that we won't have to wait long for a decision," Kuzmin wrote.
Context. In early February, the NSDC made a decision to impose sanctions against Taras Kozak and Viktor Medvedchuk's TV channels 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK for a period of five years. The head of state put this decision into effect. Later, the NSDC also imposed sanctions against airlines—the Moldovan JET4U SRL and the Portuguese JET4U LDA. They own the planes on which Medvedchuk and Kozak flew to Russia.
Later, the NSDC imposed sanctions against 19 legal entities and 8 individuals, including Viktor Medvedchuk and his wife Oksana Marchenko personally. After that, Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova signed a notice of suspicion of high treason and attempted plunder of national resources in the Russian-occupied Ukrainian Crimea to Kozak and Medvedchuk. After that the latter arrived at the Office of the Prosecutor General, familiarized himself with a copy of the suspicion against him and stated that did not intend to hide from the investigation, and called the suspicions "politically motivated." The Pecherskyi District Court of Kyiv, in turn, imposed a pretrial restraint for him in the form of round-the-clock house arrest.