“Today I was at the Pechersk court and, unfortunately, not all the materials were given for review. The reasons vary – either the volumes haven’t been stitched or the court is working with other volumes. So, unfortunately, today we don’t have the sections that we need to review,” defense lawyer Oleksandr Plakhotnyuk said today at a press conference, according to Tymoshenko's official website.
Tymoshenko’s lawyers have also registered with the office of the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv a motion to resume the judicial investigation given that the court didn’t examine all the documents in the case.
"The defense exercised the right provided by the Criminal Procedure Code and asked the court to reopen the judicial investigation in this criminal case and examine evidence in order to allow the defense to refer to them in our closing arguments and ask for an acquittal for Yulia Tymoshenko," defense lawyer Oleksandr Plakhotnyuk said at a press conference today.
The lawyer noted that the court admitted to the case Yulia Tymoshenko's instructions to Minister of Fuel and Energy Yuriy Prodan from January 19, 2009, the consolidated financial report of Naftohaz for 2009 prepared by Ernst&Young, and an expert opinion of the Alternative Center of Forensic Examination.
According to Oleksandr Plakhotnyuk, these documents contain proof that the ex-premier did not commit a crime. "All these documents are in the case and they should be studied by the court. Unfortunately, the court did not do this," he said.
Oleksandr Plakhotnyuk said that they will have the right to refer to these materials in their closing arguments only if they are examined by the court. "I see no other option for the court than to reopen the judicial investigation, because if the court refuses and doesn’t examine these documents, we will have additional proof that there is no need for impartiality or equality of parties in this trial," he added.
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