"This is the third time already that you’re not giving my defense the right to defend me. I have been denied defense in this trial. This isn’t coincidence. After you didn’t give lawyer Vlasenko time to review the case materials and threw him out of the trial, Mykola Tytarenko became my lawyer. But you also gave him just two and a half days to become familiar with the case. Now this applies to my two lawyers Mykola Siryi and Oleksandr Plakhotnyuk. They too weren’t given the opportunity to ensure my full defense. I believe the presiding judge is deliberately denying me my right to defense," Yulia Tymoshenko said today in court.
Mykola Siryi and Oleksandr Plakhotnyuk filed a similar declaration with the court, according to the Tymoshenko’s official website.
"We as Yulia Tymoshenko’s defense lawyers did all we could to demonstrate the absence of a crime in this case against Yulia Tymoshenko. In response, the presiding judge in the case, Rodion Kireyev, denied us the opportunity to become acquainted with the case. As a result, unacceptable conditions for a trial were created. In view of this, we have no right to continue providing the defendant, Yulia Tymoshenko, legal assistance."