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Medvedchuk calls all evidence in case of his financing terrorism 'fabricated'

KYIV. Oct 12 (Interfax-Ukraine) – MP Viktor Medvedchuk (Opposition Platform – For Life faction), suspected of high treason and financing terrorism, considers all the evidence in the case against him to be fabricated.

"The investigating authorities, the prosecutor’s office, and the SBU … know very well that there are no records. They also know that I am not acquainted with Mr. Kuzyara [a businessman who, according to law enforcement agencies, may be involved in the illegal export of coal from ORDLO], have never met and have never talked to him. They are well aware that the records of 2014-2015, which they demonstrate at their briefings, and which they refer to as evidence, will never be admissible evidence, because this is a montage and I affirm it," Medvedchuk told reporters before the trial in Kyiv on Tuesday. He noted that, together with his lawyers, he will do everything possible to prove to the prosecution that "such conversations do not exist in reality."

"There are no originals, no original recording devices. This is all real bullshit and the result of falsification," the MP stressed.

He added that due to the sanctions imposed against him and his family, he does not have UAH 1 billion to post the bail and "the authorities know about it."

"It is clear that this billion will not be paid, and then it is absolutely clear that Medvedchuk must move from house arrest to a real one," the politician summed up.

As reported, on October 8, the Prosecutor General’s Office presented Medvedchuk a new suspicion notice of high treason and aiding the activities of a terrorist organization in connection with his involvement in the illegal supply of coal from the occupied territory in late 2014 – early 2015.

Venediktova said that the PGO, as part of the new suspicion presented, will ask the court to elect Medvedchuk a preventive measure in the form of arrest with an alternative to post a bail of UAH 1 billion.

On May 11, MPs Viktor Medvedchuk and Taras Kozak were notified that they were suspected of high treason and an attempt to misappropriate Ukrainian national resources in Crimea.

According to Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova, the suspicion concerns three episodes of illegal activity and cooperation with the aggressor country. According to the investigation, in 2015, Medvedchuk entered into a preliminary conspiracy with an official of the Russian government to extract minerals on the shelf of the Black Sea (the sea economic zone of Ukraine, temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation). Another episode of criminal proceedings concerns the transfer of information containing state secrets to the special services of the Russian Federation. The third episode of illegal activity is subversive activities against Ukraine, in particular, in context of the development of the anti-Ukrainian project Luch.

On May 12, Medvedchuk arrived at the Office of the Prosecutor General, got familiar with a copy of the suspicion presented to him and said that he did not intend to hide from the investigation, and the suspicions were politically motivated.

The court chose a measure of restraint for him in form of house arrest, the court of appeal upheld it. On September 2, Kyiv’s Pechersky District Court extended the measure of restraint in the form of round-the-clock house arrest until October 31.