The court has begun questioning today’s first witness – deputy director of the Koretsky Institute of State and Law Volodymyr Nahrebelny.

Yulia Tymoshenko’s defense counsel had asked the court to consider their request to change the measure of restraint imposed on the ex-premier to one that does not involve incarceration, but Judge Kireyev said that all motions would be considered after witnesses are questioned.

The Koretsky Institute of State and Law conducted a legal analysis of the gas contracts from 19 January 2009.

As former Deputy Prosecutor General Tetyana Kornyakov said in her testimony, according to the Institute’s findings, the directives to the Naftohaz delegation in talks with Gazprom over contracts for the supply of gas and terms of transit of gas through Ukraine, signed by Yulia Tymoshenko on 19 January 2009, do not qualify as government directives, the approval of which is regulated by Ukrainian law.

The indictment charges Yulia Tymoshenko with signing government directives for gas contracts between Naftohaz and Gazprom, which she was not authorized to do according to the Law "On the Cabinet of Ministers" and Cabinet regulations. Yulia Tymoshenko’s defense is arguing that she signed a personal authorization to the head of Naftohaz, not a government directive.

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