Pechersk District Court Judge Rodion Kireyev has denied the defense’s motion to change the measure of restraint imposed on former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and adjourned the trial until 9 am on Wednesday, August 31, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.
Yulia Tymoshenko’s lawyers had stressed that there is no reason to keep the ex-premier in custody as she is not interfering in the establishment of truth.
Meanwhile, Yulia Tymoshenko had asked the court to give her time to prepare for her testimony. “I would like to say that when you’ll be announcing my continued arrest, you take into consideration the circumstances and schedule a 1 or 2 day break in the trial so that my lawyers can work with me,” she said.
“I would like to support Mr. Plakhotnyuk’s motion and implore you to stop torturing me in prison together with the prosecutors, Yanukovych and the Presidential Administration. Either change or lift this measure of restraint, because this can’t continue. You still have the chance to be a judge,” Yulia Tymoshenko told Judge Kireyev.
This was the 13th motion filed by the defense to release Yulia Tymoshenko from custody since the judge ordered her arrest on August 5.