Tymoshenko trial enters final stage

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Sept. 8, 2011, 8:03 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv has completed the judicial inquiry into the gas case against ex-Prime Minister and Batkivschyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko. "The court has examined all the requests filed through the court's chancellery, regarding the judicial inquiry," presiding Judge Rodion Kireyev said at a court session on Thursday.

The trial has thus entered its final stage - the court debates, following which the judges will retire to a deliberating room for delivering a verdict.

"We refuse from any participation. Deliver the verdict, for God's sake," Tymoshenko told the court on Thursday.

The court has adjourned the case hearing until September 12 to prepare for the court debates.
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Anonymous Sept. 8, 2011, 8:14 p.m.    

Stick her in prison. Then stick Yanuk in prison. Oh don't forget Kuchma and Yushenko. Then, we Ukrainians can proceed with actually doing something to making our country progress, rather than fighting and hating eachother because of a few idiots who actually couldn't care less about us. Ukraine must prevail. God bless all of us.

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Anonymous Sept. 8, 2011, 9:36 p.m.    

First you have to find someone to lead the government. Any ideas? Seriously.

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Anonymous Sept. 9, 2011, 12:25 p.m.    

Well mate, the way I see it, for me, Tygipko seems like a possible candidate. Yes his party might be merging with POR but that doesnt mean that HE agrees fully with them. It is only a way to get seats in the parliament in 2012. We have seen what Yanuk is capable of, and we have seen what tymo is capable of. They both amounted to nothing. Harley up there called me cynical, but facts and statistics are what they are. &quot; Trying &quot; tygipko for a run, seems like a good choise to me. Why? because he isnt yanuk nor tymo, and he isnt POR ( hopefully ) nor BYut and well, 12% of ukrainians seem to think so. Look outside the box.

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Anonymous Sept. 8, 2011, 10:15 p.m.    

You forgot to mention The Party Of Reprobates and their pigeons.

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Anonymous Sept. 8, 2011, 10:41 p.m.    

I refuse to be discouraged by your cynicism. I have been an observer of human events for over 60 years and i think I know which people are sincere and which are not. Tymoshenko does not belong in a grouping with Kuchma, yanukovych and Yushenko. She is not a criminal and does not belong in jail. It's easier to be cynical and believe in nothing, but sometimes you have to make a choice and stand up for something. There is good in the world, even here in Ukraine.

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Anonymous Sept. 9, 2011, 12:21 p.m.    

She is a criminal, so is any other politician in office right now. Crippling the country with protests isnt democracy either. She is just as bad as yanuk mate. If YOU chose to be cynical and refuse that fact, you, and any other Ukrainian who thinks like you ( who stands by these persons ), will bring the country down. The core of the problem lies in the conflict between the east and the west. Both have chosen a side, Russia or the US. ( neither have chosen europe trust me). For us to prosper, as I see it, many will disagree, Russian should be a admitted as a second language, since we cannot deny the fact that 40+ % of our population speak it(not a good thing but it exists and you cannot change it), some see it as a bad move, but it will keep the easteners quiet. #2 A great push towards europe must be made, by switching the regime to a full parliamentary one. That way EVERYONE has a role in UKRAINE. It saddens me that an westener may think of a neighbour pole as a brother and an eastener would think of a Russian as a brother. We are all Ukrainians, in my opinion, the politician that actually takes NEITHER side, is the one to be followed. Yanuk is a pro-russian, tymo is a pro-american. Both following the hand that feeds them. No one currently wants Ukraine.

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Anonymous Sept. 9, 2011, 1:25 p.m.    

If she is criminal, why haven't they been able to find anything incriminating, despite the huge efforts made and the millions of dollars spent, except bizarre and flimsy charges that no one outside the Party of Regions finds credible?

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Anonymous Sept. 9, 2011, 1:58 p.m.    

The court decides what is credible or not. As to the charges that the POR considers credible, well, who considers the charges thrown at the POR itself credible other than Tymo ( or Byut )?? The blame game can be played for hundreds of years, while they ( the politicians ) enjoy a nice vacation in Monaco on our expense. 90% of our politicians are corrupt and do nothing about it. Do not shift your attention on one side ( again it is the on-going fight of the east and west of Ukraine sadly . If you deny the fact that bribes and other millions of forms of corruption take place on her side, then well, I dont even know what to tell you.

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Anonymous Sept. 9, 2011, 3:21 p.m.    

I am just asking, if there is evidence of bribery and corruption by Tymoshenko, why is she not charged with these crimes? Especially when it is obvious that PoR are desperate to find anything at all (only way to explain the bizarre and flimsy charges), so that they can nail her and prevent her from running in upcoming elections.

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Anonymous Sept. 9, 2011, 5:49 p.m.    

Well my brother, I don't have that evidence do I ))? But the fact is that her party doesn't have evidence and proof on the corruption of the POR either, but does that say that there isn't corruption on their side ?I understand what you mean by your comment, but the fact still remains that she and yanuk blame eachother for the faults of Ukraine, WITH NO PROOF. She is on trial beacuse someones believes he does have proof, well, lets see.The court is above all, and its verdicts should be respected. The political game in Ukraine currently is just running around in circles really, and its a real shame. Yanuk and Tymo both rely on the hatred of the east-west ukrainians for eachother and they feed it rather than calm it down. They control most of the Ukrainians out there, after all, it is easier to hate than love. But speaking for myself, I do not care if you speak Russian,Ukrainian, or even swahili, as long as you are of ukrainian blood, you are my brother, thats what our national policy SHOULD BE. I hope anyone who reads my comment agrees.Beacause unity is a policy of neither POR nor BYUT.

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Anonymous Sept. 9, 2011, 4:15 p.m.    

Hallelujah !

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Anonymous Sept. 9, 2011, 3:01 a.m.    

I am not a avid fan of Tymoshenko. we are all familiar with Tymoshenko's antics. But she and other members of the opposition leadership are being persecuted. Neither one should be detained. This is the very reason why Members of parliament have limited immunity from prosecution, so to to protect them from the misuse and abuse bt government authorities.

Tymoshenkos greatest mistake was trusting Yushchenko. Yushchenko is the one that should be on trial and jailed for violating Ukraine's constitutional rights. Why is he not on trial?

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Anonymous Sept. 9, 2011, 6:25 a.m.    

From the photo, it looks like Judge Harry Potter needs a booster seat.

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