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Court Directs Center For Free Legal Aid To Appoint New Lawyer To Defend Yanukovych In Court, Postpones Hearing

Court Directs Center For Free Legal Aid To Appoint New Lawyer To Defend Yanukovych In Court, Postpones Hearing For September 6

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The Obolonskyi District Court of Kyiv has ordered the Coordination Center on Provision of Free Legal Aid to appoint a new lawyer to represent former president Viktor Yanukovych accused of high treason, and transferred the hearing for September 6.

Head Judge Vladyslav Deviatko has said this in a statement, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

In particular, Deviatko said that because state lawyer Vitalii Meshechek recused himself from the case the court needs to find urgently a new lawyer to represent Yanukovych's defense in court.

In addition, the court obliged the new lawyer to familiarize him/her with the materials of the case within three weeks and be ready in court on September 6.

Next hearing is appointed on September 6, at 10 a.m.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, on Thursday, August 16, Meshechek stated that he recused himself from the case where he was appointed as a lawyer provided by the state.

On July 5, Yanukovych fired his private lawyers Vitalii Serdiuk and Ihor Fedorenko.

On July 6, the Obolonskyi District Court of Kyiv ruled a free of charge lawyer must be assigned to him.

The Kyiv Regional Center on Provision of Free Legal Aid appointed Meshechek to defend Yanukovych in court.

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