On October 20, the Kiev Court of Appeal will begin considering the appeal of the office of the Prosecutor General’s Office against the house arrest of the leader of the HLE party Viktor Medvedchuk in the case of coal supplies from Donbass, RIA Novosti reports.
The meeting will begin at 11.35 (coinciding with Moscow time), the press service of the court told the agency.
Earlier, Viktor Medvedchuk, head of the political council of the Opposition Platform – For Life party, was sent to house arrest in a new criminal case. He is suspected of treason and aiding terrorism. According to law enforcement officials, in 2014, the politician organized coal supplies from the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass, acting in collusion with the country’s top leadership, to undermine the energy independence of the state. The SBU believes that Viktor Medvedchuk created artificial obstacles to the import of coal from South Africa.
Medvedchuk is also a defendant in the case of treason and the embezzlement of national resources in Crimea.
The leader of the PLWH denies suspicions in his address, linking them to political persecution.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said last Sunday that he would consider the possibility of exchanging HLP leader Viktor Medvedchuk if he had Russian citizenship.