Viktor Medvedchuk: This criminal proceeding is lacking not only the corpus delicti, but the very event of the crime
In another criminal proceeding against the chairman of the political council of the OPPOSITION PLATFORM - FOR LIFE party Viktor Medvedchuk, not only the corpus delicti is missing, but also the crime event. This was stated by the opposition politician himself, when speaking today at the Kyiv Pechersk District Court hearing on the appointment of a measure of restraint.
Viktor Medvedchuk stressed that, based on the case materials, voiced by the prosecutors, the charges filed against him are fully politically motivated.
“You cannot qualify actions that were legal to please those who are trying to crack down on the opposition today, and to please those who do not like Medvedchuk, claim new suspicions. And therefore, I believe that there is no evidence that could confirm the validity of the suspicion,” the politician said.
Viktor Medvedchuk emphasized that the actions of which he is accused cannot be qualified under Article 258 , because there was a law that provided for all these actions.
“The first is the operation of this law. Second, the “DPR”, “LPR” were not recognized, I affirm, at that time as terrorist organizations and could not be recognized as terrorist organizations. Third, enterprises that operated, that were provided with social and economic assistance and that were in economic, entrepreneurial and other relations with the central executive authorities of Ukraine, paid taxes to the state budget of Ukraine. This is validated by the data of our fiscal bodies. Moreover, I will reveal a big secret, especially for gentlemen prosecutors: taxes were paid until March 2017. Because in 2017, the so-called economic blockade was introduced by a presidential decree, which prohibited the movement of goods, goods and services,” Medvedchuk said.
He also recalled that at the end of 2014 – the beginning of 2015, Ukraine was going through a serious energy crisis and all the forces of the then government, as well as other politicians, including Medvedchuk himself, were aimed at ensuring that the country would not be left without coal.
“I think that prosecutors do not know that our country was mining 83 million tons of coal in 2013, and according to the results of 2014, this achievement decreased to 40 million, and 95% of the energy coal used by thermal power plants was mined in uncontrolled territory. And it was the state, I emphasize, according to the logic of the prosecution and according to the wording that today I am accused of assisting terrorist organizations, it was the state that assisted these organizations, but contributed not in the interests of the organizations, but in the interests of Ukraine, because there was no place to get this coal from,” Medvedchuk stated.
To recall, on October 12, the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv rejected the claim of the prosecutor’s office for the arrest of Viktor Medvedchuk or a bail of UAH 1 billion and appointed a measure of restraint for the opposition politician in the form of house arrest.