February 5, 2023
Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks throughout a courtroom listening to in Kyiv on Jan. 17. (Mikhail Palinchak)

Six hours into ex-President Petro Poroshenko’s arrest listening to on Jan. 17, the pass judgement on left for the chambers, allegedly for a 20-minute damage. He by no means reappeared within the court.

After just about six hours with out the pass judgement on, the listening to was once postponed till Jan. 19. Poroshenko left the courthouse.

“I’ll see you all on Epiphany (celebrated in Ukraine on Jan. 19),” Poroshenko informed a number of masses of his supporters who were ready in entrance of the courthouse for greater than 11 hours.

Poroshenko returned to Ukraine at the morning of Jan. 17 after a one-month absence, and nearly in an instant went to the courtroom listening to set to select the pre-trial restriction measure for him.

On the other hand, the pass judgement on couldn’t rule at the arrest, deciding to renew the listening to in two days.

Poroshenko was once charged with prime treason in December. He’s suspected of conspiring with pro-Russian flesh presser Viktor Medvedchuk to provide coal from the Russian-occupied territories in jap Ukraine when he was once president. If discovered in charge, Poroshenko faces from 12 to fifteen years in jail.

Poroshenko has denied wrongdoing and referred to as his prosecution politically motivated.

“It’s an obstruction to my political job each within the nation and in another country,” Poroshenko informed Ukrainska Pravda on Jan. 17.

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to supporters ahead of a courtroom listening to in Kyiv on Jan. 17. (Mikhail Palinchak)

Pass judgement on Oleksiy Sokolov, who was once presiding on the listening to, was once appointed via Poroshenko in 2017. Later, the Public Integrity Council, which is tasked with auditing judges, dominated that Sokolov doesn’t have compatibility the integrity standards.

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What took place ahead of: Poroshenko returns to Ukraine, faces imaginable arrest

From September thru November, the Safety Provider of Ukraine (SBU) and the State Investigation Bureau leveled fees of treason and helping terrorists towards businessman Serhiy Kuzyara, pro-Kremlin lawmaker Viktor Medvedchuk and Volodymyr Demchyshyn, who was once power minister in 2014-2016 beneath Poroshenko, as a part of the similar coal provide case.

Medvedchuk allegedly negotiated the coal provides with Russia and its proxies, in addition to with Poroshenko’s management, consistent with the investigators.

Poroshenko informed Ukrainska Pravda that he by no means mentioned coal with Medvedchuk and not met Kuzyara.

Ex-lawmaker Oleksandr Onyshchenko, a former best friend of Poroshenko, claimed in 2016 that the previous president’s most sensible affiliate and lawmaker Ihor Kononenko were getting $20 consistent with ton from coal provides coming from the Russian-occupied Donbas. Kononenko denied the accusations.

Poroshenko left Ukraine promptly on Dec. 18, after the State Investigation Bureau detectives attempted handy him a summons. Two days later, he was once charged with prime treason.

Dozens of investigations had been opened towards Poroshenko since his successor, President Volodymyr Zelensky got here to energy in 2019.

Thus far, Poroshenko has been charged in two of them.

Aside from the treason case, Poroshenko was once charged in June 2020 with abusing his energy via appointing Serhiy Semochko as a deputy head of the Overseas Intelligence Provider in violation of process. Since then, the case has observed no development. Poroshenko denied the accusations.