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Tymoshenko informs Kharkiv judge she is unable to participate in show trial

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has filed an statement with Judge Kostyantyn Sadovsky of the Kyivsky District Court in Kharkiv and the head of the Kachakivska prison, Ivan Pervushkin, informing them that she is unable to participate in today’s court hearing based on the recommendations of her doctors, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

Yulia Tymoshenko insists on participating in the trial after she recovers, referring to the provisions of criminal procedure law whereby in the case of illness of the defendant proceedings should be suspended until his or her recovery.

The ex-premier also refused to participate in the trial via video link. "Nothing has changed since the last hearing. The doctors requested at least 8 weeks for normal treatment without any court hearings. But the judge once again refused to listen to the doctors’ recommendations and scheduled hearings within this period. I hope that Yulia Tymoshenko will not be delivered to court because it is absurd to bring a person from the hospital to a court hearing," said defense lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko.

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