Yulia Tymoshenko’s lawyers are forced to collect evidence proving the ex-premier’s innocence during court hearings because of the back-to-back schedule of the trial, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

“The daily routine with which this trial is being run doesn’t allow my lawyers to collect evidence at a time other than during the hearings. I would like my lawyer Oleksandr Plakhotnyuk to now go get evidence,” Yulia Tymoshenko said today in court.

The ex-premier again stressed that the court is denying her right to defense by refusing to allow breaks in the hearings during which she can communicate with her defense team and better prepare for the trial.

Oleksandr Plakhotnyuk has left the courtroom. Judge Rodion Kireyev continues to read statements provided by Halyna Ilchuk, an expert at the Kyiv Forensic Research Institute, who will testify today in court.

Yulia Tymoshenko’s defense team had asked the court to call five witnesses from the Kyiv Forensic Research Institute and two from the Alternative Center of Foreign Expertise, but the just agreed to call only two experts from the Kyiv Institute.