Tymoshenko's lawyer asking court for more time to study 'gas case'

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June 24, 2011, 5:47 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and her lawyer Sergei Vlasenko, left, during a pre-trial hearing at the Pecherskiy District Court in Kiev, Friday, June 24, 2011. Ukraine's former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, went on trial Friday in a case that has raised concerns in the West over the government's commitment to democracy and the rule of law. Tymoshenko, now a top opposition leader, has been charged with abuse of office in signing a deal with Moscow to buy Russian natural gas at prices investigators said were too high. She denies the charges, and describes them as a political plot by her rival, President Viktor Yanukovych, to keep her out of upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.
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Lawyer of Ukraine's ex-prime minister and leader of the Batkivschyna party Yulia Tymoshenko, Serhiy Vlasenko, has asked the Pechersky District Court of Kyiv to give them one month to complete studying the materials of the case on the abuse of power during the signing of gas contracts with Russia in 2009. "I am asking the court to allow reasonable time to study the materials of the criminal case," Vlasenko said in courtroom on Friday.

He asked the court to give them time to study the case until July 24.

In turn, Tymoshenko asked the judge, whether he had ever tried to read four thousand pages of the case in one day, as she had to do.

The judge said that after a deadline for studying the case - June 16 expired, the defendant and her counsel are deemed to be familiar with the case materials.
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