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Kireyev approves procedure for studying evidence in Tymoshenko case

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July 25, 2011, 5:31 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, right, consults with her lawyer Serhyi Vlasenko as Judge Rodion Kireyev, left, looks on during a pre-trial hearing at the Pecherskiy District Court in Kiev on June 24, 2011.
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Pechersky District Court Judge Rodion Kireyev has approved the procedure for studying evidence in the case on Russia gas supply contracts opened against former Ukrainian Premier and Leader of the Batkivschyna Party Yulia Tymoshenko. According to the procedure, Tymoshenko and then witnesses in the case will be interrogated, after which written evidence on the case will be studied.

The public prosecutor in the gas case proposed this procedure.

Tymoshenko and her lawyers protested against the proposition, saying not enough time had been given to them to read the materials of the case.
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Anonymous July 25, 2011, 6:40 p.m.    

Kireyev only approves what he is told. He has no independent thought whatsoever.

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Anonymous July 26, 2011, 7:55 a.m.    

We all get your point about the 'piano playing' voting, which as mentioned earlier ALL the parties and deputats do and have done for a long time. However, enough is enough. How's about coming up with something rational about the article?

For instance. My opinion is Mrs Tymoshenko is delaying the trial as much as possible in the hopes of wining a seat in Rada in the August elections. If she wins a seat, she has immunity from prosecution, supposedly. However, I would not be surprised to see some law changes to prevent her ploy.

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Anonymous July 25, 2011, 8:05 p.m.    

Shouldn't the prosecution first present its case then opportunity be provided for the defence to refute the augments presented.

Those who find all this political game play intriguing should read Alice in Wonderland. If anything the authorities are making Tymoshenko a martyr not a villain.

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