Judge deprived Tymoshenko of her right to have the last word

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Sept. 30, 2011, 5:35 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko with her daughter Evhenya, left, seen during a trial hearing at the Pecherskiy District Court in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, where Tymoshenko denies all charges.
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The defense team of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has said that Judge of Kyiv's Pechersky District Court Rodion Kireyev has grossly violated the law by depriving Tymoshenko of the right to have the last word. Lawyer Oleksandr Plakhotniuk told reporters in the courtyard after a court session on Friday that preparations for the last word were really required, since new information was obtained at the court hearing on Friday.

"Early on Monday, she would have been prepared for the last word, but the judge stripped her of the right to the last word for unknown reasons," he said.

Plakhotniuk also noted that without allowing Tymoshenko to prepare for the last word within a half-day, "the judge retired to the deliberation room until October 11."

He said he was bewildered that the three hours that his client asked for preparations "did not solve anything."

"Whatever the trial may be, either political or criminal, the court has never deprived anybody of the right to the last word," the lawyer said.
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Anonymous Sept. 30, 2011, 6:56 p.m.    

Judge Rodion Kireyev can be veeeeery proud of his impartial conduct throughout this "trial". I wonder what he will be telling his grandchildren in 30 years or so?

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Anonymous Oct. 1, 2011, 3:33 a.m.    

He will bemoaning the huge mistake he made in allowing the idiot Yank to pull his strings! He will say to his grandchildren, please do not ever allow dictators to tell you what to do, that is of course if he still lives after the trial to tell his grandchildren! Come about is not fun or desired. Evil always destroys itself - read it for yourself in the Bible.

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Anonymous Oct. 1, 2011, 5:20 p.m.    

He will not be alive in 30 years. Yanukovych will kill him so he doesn't talk about the trial.

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Anonymous Oct. 3, 2011, 2:21 a.m.    

Impartial. Tymoshcneko should not be inprisioned during the trial. I am not a great fan of Tymoshenko but she and other members of the opposition are being persecuted not prosecuted. This case has caused insurmountable damage and harm to Ukraine. This matter will nopt rest with the verdict on October 11. There are appeals and even the string possibility that this matter will end up in the European Court for Human Rights.

Tymoshenko should be free depending on the outcome of any appeal.

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Anonymous Oct. 1, 2011, 7:28 a.m.    

Good on him, she already talked a 4 hour speech yesterday, enough, is enough from this bandit

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Anonymous Oct. 3, 2011, 2:17 a.m.    

Is it not the right of reply not last word?

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