Judges at the Pechersky District Court of Kyiv have entered a jury room to take a decision on a lawsuit lodged by Batkivschyna Party leader and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko against the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office for opening a criminal investigation related to the Ukrainian-Russian gas contracts against the former premier.
An Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported that the court at a sitting on Monday considered the prosecutor's explanations and the arguments of the sides. In particular, the prosecutor claimed that there were enough reasons and causes to open the case, as well as there was no resolution by the Cabinet of Minister on a gas contract.
At the same time, the prosecutor said that he "really saw no intent [in Tymoshenko's actions", but "the law does not require direct intent in relation to consequences."
The prosecutor asked the court to reject the suit and keep the ruling on opening the criminal case in effect.
Tymoshenko's defense lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko, in turn, noted that if the prosecutor had other reasons, then another criminal case should have been opened, and with regard to this ruling, then according to Vlasenko, it was not written "in line with the regulations of the legislation." The prosecutor replied: "We wrote it in the way the SBU [the Security Service of Ukraine] submitted it to us."
The debates between Vlasenko and the prosecutor were accompanied by loud shouts and noise from Tymoshenko supporters in the courtroom.
In addition, Tymoshenko submitted an application on the committing of a crime by the prosecutor who opened the criminal case against her.
"I ask for a separate ruling on the opening of a criminal case against the prosecutor," she said.
After this, the judge announced that she would enter the jury room to take a decision on this suit, and the secretary noted that the court would announce its ruling today at 2 p.m..
The Kyiv Post is disabling its online comment section due to an increase in trolls, violent comments and other personal attacks. Other news organizations worldwide have taken similar steps for the same reasons. The Kyiv Post regrets having to take this action. The newspaper believes in a robust public debate, but the discussion must be constructive and intelligent. For the time being, the Kyiv Post will allow comments on its moderated Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/kyivpost/.
The newspaper will consider hosting online comments again when circumstances allow.
Thank you from the Kyiv Post.
Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the
www.kyivpost.com material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials
contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior
written permission of Public Media at firstname.lastname@example.org
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal
use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of