According to Ukrainian law, the Kyivsky District Court of Kharkiv should postpone the start of the trial in the United Energy Systems of Ukraine case scheduled for May 21 due to the fact that Yulia Tymoshenko is undergoing treatment in a hospital, lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko says, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.
"If we didn’t have the December 8 court, the court that took place in a prison cell, I would have said that this hearing can’t take place because Yulia Tymoshenko is being treated in a hospital. But, unfortunately, we live in a country in which in relation to Yulia Tymoshenko there is no justice, no laws, and the verdict in the gas case is a vivid example of this," said Serhiy Vlasenko.
Nevertheless, he said the defense is preparing for different scenarios – with our without Yulia Tymoshenko in court. "We don’t know what to expect on May 21. We’re preparing for the trial with and without Yulia Tymoshenko. Unfortunately, the young judge Kostyantyn Sadovsky already demonstrated that he doesn’t quite understand the norms of the Criminal Procedure Code as well as his complete bias in this case. Therefore, we don’t know what will happen," he said.
Serhiy Vlasenko pointed out that by law Yulia Tymoshenko doesn’t have to write any statements about not being present in court. "Yulia Tymoshenko is being treated in a hospital. But we don’t know what the doctors will write. Our doctors can write and do anything: they can be manipulated to agree to install CCTV cameras and then say this is legal. Our doctors can disclose confidential information and say this is legal," said the lawyer.