Yulia Tymoshenko’s lawyers don’t rule out that external factors played a role in the court's decision today to adjourn the trial until September 27.

“This means that between Thursday and today something happened, and it didn’t happen in the court, because it can’t be that on Thursday they deny our request for just five days to prepare for debates and on Monday they give us more than two weeks. Something happened outside the trial,” defense lawyer Oleksandr Plakhotnyuk told journalists today, according to Tymoshenko's official website.

“In our opinion, the court isn’t ready to issue a sentence, the court today is not ready to say and prove that Yulia Tymoshenko committed a crime in signing the 2009 contracts. We will wait for September 27. Perhaps by then something else will happen outside the trial and it will become clear why the proceedings were moved,” he added.

Lawyer Yuriy Sukhov agreed. “The fact that the debates were postponed by 15 days means that today the court isn’t ready to make a decision and evaluate the results of what we say in the debates,” he told journalists.

He also pointed out that the court had the opportunity before adjourning the trial to change the measure of restraint imposed against Yulia Tymoshenko and not keep her in custody for two weeks. “There’s a problem – the fact that Yulia Tymoshenko for two weeks, in our opinion, will remain behind bars illegally, and this speaks of continued repression against her,” said Yuriy Sukhov.

“Yulia Tymoshenko will be in jail for more than two weeks. I think this is harassment and can be considered torture by the court,” added Oleksandr Plakhotnyuk.

In turn, defense lawyer Mykola Siryi noted that the judge gave them two weeks without asking the defense how much time they needed. “The judge decided on his own that Yulia Tymoshenko must be kept in jail for two weeks and broke the law by not considering our motion to release her, which he had been given by the court office,” he added.

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