KIEV, October 20. /TASS/. Security will be guaranteed to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych if he attends a court session in Ukraine, Prosecutor General’s Office department of special investigations head Sergey Gorbatyuk said on Tuesday.
"Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office states that security will be guaranteed to him [Yanukovych] during the process," Gorbatyuk said.
The case on usurpation of power against the former president was opened on April 8, 2015. The Prosecutor General’s Office also opened a criminal case against him on the illegal ownership of the state property - real estate complexes PuschaVoditsa and Mezhigorye.
Yanukovych has earlier lodged a claim with the European Court of Human Rights over regular human rights violations against him by Ukraine, according to a report by the British law firm Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, which represents Yanukovych’s interests.
"President Yanukovych has lodged a claim with the European Court of Human Rights on the grounds that Ukraine has repeatedly breached his human rights," the report says.
In his application, Yanukovych asks the court "to declare violations of his rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, including the right to a fair trial (Article 6), the right to an effective investigation of attempts made upon his life and the right to protection (Article 2), and the right not to be discriminated against because of his political status and opinions (Article 14)."
"President Yanukovych has brought this action now because it is clear that the Ukrainian authorities are determined to bring prosecutions against him," said Joe Hage of Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, President Yanukovych’s UK lawyer, who had issued the claim.