16:07 GMT15 January 2021
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    Viktor Yanukovich's interrogation is planned take place in a department of the General Prosecutor Office in Kiev on August 11.

    The Ukrainian General Prosecutor Office officially summoned ousted president Viktor Yanukovych for interrogation.

    Investigative and prosecutorial activities for the former leader are scheduled for August 11.

    The summons was published in a local Ukrainian newspaper.

    According to the document, Yanukovych’s interrogation is planned to take place in a department of the General Prosecutor Office in Kiev at 11:00 a.m. local time. The investigative activities are held within a criminal case under Chapter 5 of Article 191 (abuse of office) of the Ukrainian Criminal Code.

    On July 28, Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin said a trial in absentia for the former president had been launched.

    According to Shokin, a Kiev court accepted the evidence in the case submitted by the General Prosecutor’s Office and authorized the trial process.

    Yanukovych was ousted as President of Ukraine after a coup in February 2014 which also saw a change in the legislature. After Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, was stormed by protesters and Yanukovych's party ejected, there was a vote removing him from power.

    The legislature then changed the country's constitution and announced early presidential elections, which resulted in Petro Poroshenko's election. Yanukovych was never officially impeached.


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