Viktor Medvedchuk: Delaying my case trial, the authorities are trying to divert the attention of Ukrainians from pressing issues
Today, the Kyiv Court of Appeal was supposed to consider the appeal of the lawyers of the chairman of the political council of “Opposition Platform - For Life” MP Viktor Medvedchuk on the extension of his measure of restraint in the form of round-the-clock house arrest by the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv. But the consideration of the appeal was postponed until July 30, 2021, because the panel of judges did not have time to get acquainted with the case materials.
The opposition politician is confident that his case trial is being artificially delayed in order to continue making shows from the court hearings in order to divert the attention of Ukrainians from pressing issues.
“The Medvedchuk case is a particular one. It concerns Medvedchuk, it concerns the party. It concerns what Medvedchuk has done and is doing. But what is happening in the country today: the crisis and the collapse of the economy, social sphere, humanitarian sphere – this is really a problem. The problem is how much gas will cost for the population. The problem is when there will be peace in Donbas. The problem is what will happen tomorrow with our economy and social sphere. Where will we get money to pay salaries. When and where we will create jobs. How people in the fall will be able to pay utility rates, which are growing, while their arrears are growing. The fall in GDP has been going on for the second year already”, the parliamentarian stated.
Viktor Medvedchuk specified that all this is evidence of unprofessional management of the country, and it is from this blatant unprofessionalism that the authorities are trying to divert the attention of Ukrainians by means of various PR tricks.
“And one of the links in this chain is the illegal persecution of my colleague and myself. And also illegal criminal prosecution of members of our party. And in general, the fight against our party “Opposition Platform - For Life”. This is all done for the sake of one thing: to divert attention from those pressing, real, objective problems that have developed in our society, in the economic and social spheres”, the chairman of the political council of the “Opposition Platform - For Life” said.
Viktor Medvedchuk noted that he is undoubtedly interested in the panel of judges carefully studying the materials of his case, which have about 12 volumes. First of all, because they set out “not only unfounded, unpromising arguments for the prosecution and the investigation, but there are also arguments of the defense”, confirming the absurdity of the charges brought against the opposition politician.
“The Court took time until the 30th, let’s hope that this time will be enough to study the case materials and adopt an objective, fair, and most importantly – legal decision”, Viktor Medvedchuk concluded.
Earlier, commenting on the charges, the chairman of the political council of the “Opposition Platform - For Life” party Viktor Medvedchuk said that through criminal prosecution, pressure and repression, the authorities are trying to illegally limit his powers as of a Member of Parliament.
“I believe that there are no grounds for extending the measure of restraint in the form of house arrest, since there are no grounds to limit my powers as of a Member of Parliament. I have to take part in plenary meetings, in the work of committees, in meetings with voters. And I have every reason for this. And the investigation today has no reason to talk about any risks that could interfere with the investigation of the case. This investigation has been underway for 4 months now, and there is no reason to say that I can interfere or influence the investigation”, the opposition politician emphasized.