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Transparency International calls for in absentia trial of Yanukovych

Prosecution has all the necessary tools to prosecute former officials.

Transparency International calls for in absentia trial of Yanukovych
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The global corruption watchdog Transparecy International calls on Ukrainian authorities to start the process of conviction in absentia of the former President Viktor Yanukovych in autumn.

"We hope that we will witness the conviction, even if it is an in absentia trial at the first stage, of Yanukovych and the key figures of his regime. We will do everything we can for these cases to hit courts in the autumn," the Executive Director of Transparecy International Ukraine Yaroslav Yurchyshyn told a briefing on 8 June

He said he believed that the Prosecutor-General's Office has all necessary tools to prosecute former government officials.

Earlier, Transparency International Ukraine called the GPO to create an international team to investigate the crimes of Yanukovych.

Earlier, the chief prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko promised that he will initiate an in absentia trial of Viktor Yanukovych.