Kireyev refuses to let TV broadcasting of gas case trial resume

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Sept. 8, 2011, 11:34 a.m. |

The trial of Ukrainian ex-Premier Yulia Tymoshenko on Thursday started with the consideration of petitions from the state prosecution and Tymoshenko's defense.
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The trial of Ukrainian ex-Premier Yulia Tymoshenko on Thursday started with the consideration of petitions from the state prosecution and Tymoshenko's defense.

Prosecutor Oleksandr Mykytenko filed several petitions on attaching new evidence to the materials of the gas case; copies of the instruction on the closing of a criminal case against Tymoshenko in Russia in 2005 a reference from NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy dated 2009 on the volumes of technical gas, a CD with videos of Tymoshenko's statements about there being sufficient gas reserves in Ukraine in early 2009, and several articles from the media about actions of Ukraine's third President Viktor Yuschenko to resolve the gas conflict.

In addition, the prosecution asked the judge to attach to the gas case a document with the results of an audit at Naftogaz Ukrainy carried out by Ernst & Young International Audit Company. Earlier, Tymoshenko's defense filed the same petition several times. The state prosecution also insisted on attaching to the case a license on forensic economical examination.

Tymoshenko lawyer Yuriy Sukhov at the beginning of the hearing asked the court to consider the possibility of resuming TV broadcasting of the trial and admit the media to the hearings. Judge Rodion Kireyev refused to consider the petition.
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Anonymous Sept. 8, 2011, 12:05 p.m.    

The kangaroo court and the puppet judge are denying Tymoshenko and her lawyers a right to a fair and open trial. At the same time, the crooked so call judge is denying the citizens of Ukraine the right to see what is taking placing inside the courtroom by not allowing the trial to be aired on TV nor letting the news media inside to report the events that are happening. What is the government so afraid of that they take such drastic steps to try and keep its citizens from being inform of the procedures taking place inside the courtroom? Tymoshenko and her lawyers have a right to insist that all evidence that favors the defendant be introduce in court. The judge has no right to bar such evidence from being introduced into court, just like he does not bar evidence from being introduce by the prosecutor. What we have in Ukraine today is an erosion of media rights, a judiciary court system that is not open nor transparent, and the constitutional rights of its citizens being ignored by the government in order to keep control of power. The centralization of these powers has started a new path away from its democratic values and norms. Such actions by the Ukrainian government must be dealt by the European Union. If the EU turns its back away from what is taking pace in Ukraine today by granting the agreement of EU integration of Ukraine, than those leaders have committed an injustice to their community of nations and its people. No government and no country is so important that a community's history is thrown away just to satisfy that nation and its Tyrant. The EU leaders must hold their ground and not let such events in Ukraine undermine the EU democratic values and norms. It must hold its ground for the people of Ukraine who have to suffer under the Tyrant now in power.

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Anonymous Sept. 8, 2011, 12:43 p.m.    

The people of ukraine do not suffer under the that Tyrant; people of Ukraien voted that Tyrant ind. So, now they have to enjoy him.

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Anonymous Sept. 8, 2011, 4:06 p.m.    

So what the guest (12:43) is saying is that if you order steak in a restaurant, and it is rotten, then you are obliged to eat it and to enjoy it because you ordered it. What Rubbish!

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Anonymous Sept. 8, 2011, 7:50 p.m.    

Voting participation in the last presidential election was only 40% because Yushenko sabotaged the election by collaborating with Yanukovych through telling people not to vote or to vote for no one. Had there even been even 50% voter turnout Yanukovych would have lost. Consider this factor along with Yanukovych's well known vote rigging machine and the president should have been Tymoshenko. Yanukovych disregards and reviles the democratic system through which he was elected (albeit by fluke) and is transforming Ukraine into a dictatorship.

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Anonymous Sept. 8, 2011, 6:27 p.m.    

Kireyev doesn't want the world to see his guilty face when he delevers his pre-determined guilty verdict.Tymoshenko will be sentenced without proof or evidence of a crime because there is no crime!This is, by no means the end of this farce.

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