The Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for investigating the Poroshenko regime’s war crimes against Ukrainian citizens (UPT) finished the two-day session on Tuesday as the jurors began to prepare the verdict on the incumbent Ukrainian president and his accomplices.
UPT jurors deliberate verdict on Poroshenko, his associates~
“After the arguments of the parties, the panel of jurors retreated to discuss a guilty or not-guilty verdict on the suspects,” the Donetsk News Agency (DAN) reported.
During the Tuesday hearing, the Tribunal heard the testimony of DPR head Alexander Zakharchenko and turned down the defence’s petition requesting a psychiatric examination of Ukrainian parliament speaker Andrey Parubiy. The judges said the defence could not provide the sufficient body of medical evidence proving that punishment could not be used on Parubiy because of his psychiatric disease. The UPT also said that the suspect was healthy otherwise he would be unable to hold a government post under the Ukrainian law.
On Monday, UPT prosecutor Sergey Kozhemyakin demanded life imprisonment for the Ukrainian president and his associates for the crimes against the people of Donbass.
On March 15, Ukrainian activists living in Donetsk and Lugansk announced the establishment of the People’s Tribunal for the crimes committed in Donbass by the Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko’s regime. The UPT began to investigate the Poroshenko regime crimes on March 20. The first hearing was held in Donetsk on March 26-27. The Tribunal operates in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation and norms of international law. Presiding judge Elena Shishkina, judges Lyubov Batyashova and Tatyana Kravchenko, prosecutor Sergey Kozhemyakin, lawyer for the defence Elena Gridina and a panel of 12 jurors selected by drawing lots (six of them are Lugansk region natives) take part in UPT sessions.
The UPT plans to review the crimes committed by Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, National Security and Defence Council Secretary Alexander Turchinov, Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman, Chief of the General Staff Viktor Muzhenko, Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak, parliament speaker Andrey Parubiy and former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and other high-ranking officials. Applications to participate in the UPT, questions and proposals can be forwarded to the Tribunal’s website.
The UPT brought charges against eight officials of the Poroshenko’s regime, including the Ukrainian president. On March 26 and 27, the UPT reviewed charges of the use of armed forces against civilians. In the course of the April 2 session focused on the setting up of illegal paramilitary formations by the Kiev regime, the UPT heard the testimonies of eight victims and two witnesses. Six of the eight victims are Lugansk region residents, UPT judge Lyubov Batyashova said. At the April 3 hearing, the UPT reviewed the charges of tortures, lootings and robberies brought against the suspects. On April 17, the UPT completed the two-day session that reviewed the charges of war propaganda. On April 25, the UPT reviewed the fifth batch of charges, the Donbass blockade, and on April 26, the charges of genocide.