Yulia Tymoshenko denied right to defense

09:47, 13 November 2013
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The Pechersk District Court of Kyiv has ordered that Yulia Tymoshenko’s defense counsel Serhiy Vlasenko pay nearly 23,000 hryvnias in bail and banned him from traveling abroad, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

The court made its decision on the basis of an examination conducted by the prosecution in 2013, in which the so-called "experts" determined five years later that Serhiy Vlasenko had allegedly inflicted "harm" on his then wife in 2008-2011.

Neither the prosecution nor the court could explain why the criminal investigation in a domestic conflict is being conducted by the main investigation department for important cases of the Prosecutor General’s Office.

Yesterday Serhiy Vlasenko was held by the prosecutor’s general’s office for more than six hours and charged under sections 1 and 2 of article 125 (intentionally causing slight injury) and section 1 of article 126 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (intentional harm). The authorities originally intended to arrest him, but changed their tactic after information of this got out.

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