Judge Rodion Kireyev of the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv has rejected the defense motion to recuse himself from the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

This morning the court said it will consider all motions, including the request to give new defense lawyer Yuriy Sukhov the necessary time to become acquainted with the case file, after all the witnesses that came to court today testify.

Yuriy Sukhov then moved to disqualify Judge Kireyev for violating subparagraph 4 of paragraph 1 of article 54 of the Criminal Procedure Code regarding doubts as to the objectivity of a judge, and also article 298 of the CPC that requires that new defense counsel that has been admitted to the case for the first time be given the opportunity to review the case materials and prepare for defense. "Denying me this opportunity doesn’t allow me to fulfill the requirements of the law on advocacy to ensure proper defense of the defendant," said Yuriy Sukhov.

The court is now questioning witnesses. The first witness will be former Defense Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov.