16 April 2018, 14:37
Defense provides the objectivity and just of the Ukrainian People’s Tribunal
LUGANSK, April 16 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for Poroshenko’s regime war crimes against Ukrainian citizens (UPT) is providing defense to defendants as it pursues objectivity and follows democratic procedures, said the forewoman Irina Shevchenko.
"We have an enormous responsibility as juries. Despite all the emotions, we have to be objective. But the defense has still a tougher task. The defense lawyer (Irina Gridina) is subject to public hate as she performs her duties."
"We follow democratic procedures, and that is exactly why these people have a good lawyer," Shevchenko explained.
The Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for Poroshenko’s regime war crimes against Ukrainian citizens (UPT) has begun hearing cases concerning the war propaganda today.
On March 15, the Initiative Group of Ukrainian citizens 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 will operate 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 (six of them are Lugansk region natives) take part in UPT sessions.
The UPT will 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.
LuganskMediaCentre — 16 April — Lugansk