Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

World

Court declines to jail Petro Poroshenko in treason case

A Kyiv judge ruled Wednesday that former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko should not be jailed while awaiting trial on charges of “high treason.”

Poroshenko, who is now a member of Parliament and leader of the European Solidarity opposition party, returned to the Ukrainian capital on Monday to face initial court proceedings in the case. He is accused of helping to arrange sales of large amounts of coal while he was president in 2014 and 2015 that helped finance the armed Russian-backed separatists in the occupied Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.

Poroshenko has denied the charges, and denounced the case as a politically motivated prosecution directed by his successor President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who defeated Poroshenko in a landslide election in 2019.

Last week, Poroshenko traveled to Brussels in an effort to meet with senior officials and draw attention to his case. Zelenskiy’s office has said that no citizen, including Poroshenko, is above the law and called on him to return home to face justice.

“Is this a complete victory? No,” Poroshenko told a crowd of supporters who had gathered outside the courthouse. “This is just the first step in the right direction.”

The judge’s decision on Wednesday, to release Poroshenko without bail on his own recognizance, allows Ukraine to avoid the unseemly spectacle of another senior political leader behind bars, at just the moment when Western allies have linked arms to defend Ukraine against threats of a new military attack by Russia.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Advertisement

You May Also Like

Opinion

Adeline van Houtte is the Economist Intelligence Unit’s lead analyst on Russia. It looks like Russia is at it again, after the unusual movement...

Health Care

Former President Donald Trump confirmed he had gotten a booster during a live show with Bill O’Reilly in Dallas on Sunday.

TOP news

US Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson leads other US Navy ships during an exercise with the Indian navy in 2012. US Navy Photo...

TOP news

Medical imaging service in a hospital in Savoie, France. A technician monitors a brain MRI scan session. BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty Images A...