The criminal case against the head of the political council of the parliamentary party “Opposition Platform – For Life” (Opposition Platform – For Life) Viktor Medvedchuk was built on edited tapes. This is stated in the message of the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine from the OPLZ Renata Kuzmin, published on the party’s website on November 22.
“Not only were the tapes on which all the charges against Medvedchuk are based were obtained in violation of the procedure for collecting evidence, but these tapes were also edited. This is evidenced by the conclusion of the official examination, ”said the parliamentarian.
He specified that Medvedchuk’s criminal case contains the results of examinations of the recordings of his talks with various Russian officials.
“Experts know that just tapes or recordings of conversations are not enough. They must be obtained in compliance with all procedural procedures prescribed by law. If even an insignificant violation is committed in the process of collecting evidence, then such tapes cannot form the basis of a conviction, “Kuzmin explained, adding that for this there is a corresponding decision of the Constitutional Court, according to which violation of the procedure for collecting evidence entails the recognition of such arguments inadmissible.
The deputy also drew attention to the fact that the conclusion of the expert examination carried out on the initiative of the lawyers says that all the tapes attached to the case were deliberately edited. At the same time, the very fact of the existence of the results of the check remained unnoticed by anyone.
“Just imagine the absurdity of the situation: the assembled, glued together from different conversations records were submitted by the Prosecutor General as evidence in the criminal case of Medvedchuk. In the case file there is no court permission for the recordings and their originals. At the same time, experts examined the copies, which, again, is unacceptable, since there is no permission to declassify these materials either, “Kuzmin concluded.
Earlier, on November 2, Viktor Medvedchuk said that the case against him about treason and the plundering of national resources in Crimea had been falsified by the Security Service of Ukraine. According to him, the court’s decision to choose a preventive measure is illegal and there were no grounds for this.
On the same day, the Pechersk District Court of Kiev chose Medvedchuk as a measure of restraint in the form of personal obligations in the first treason case. The measure provides for imposing certain duties on the suspect, including being summoned to the investigator, in court, not leaving the city of residence, and handing over passports to travel abroad.
On October 12, the Pechersky District Court of Kiev again sent Medvedchuk under round-the-clock house arrest for a period until December 7. The court did not support the petition of the prosecutor’s office to take the politician into custody with the appointment of a bail of 1 billion hryvnia (about $ 38 million).
On October 8, a new suspicion was announced to Medvedchuk under articles on treason and assistance to terrorism. According to the investigation, it is about actions aimed at undermining the energy independence of Ukraine.
The head of the political council of the OLE is also accused of attempted plunder of national resources. His colleague Taras Kozak is also involved in the case.