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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