Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian Parliament, adopted the amendments on Thursday to the law on trial of individuals that are absent from investigation, thus allowing to try former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in absentia.
In 2013-2014, Kiev's landmark Maidan square witnessed months of the pro-European protests triggered by then President Yanukovych's refusal to sign the Ukraine–EU Association Agreement. In February 2014, the government was toppled, while violent clashes with law enforcement officials claimed the lives of some 100 civilians. The current Ukrainian authorities blame Yanukovych for the deaths.
In November 2016, Yanukovych testified in the case of the 2014 Maidan uprising via a video conference with Kiev. The hearing concluded that Yanukovych was suspected of treason.
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