Kyiv's Pechersk District Court Judge Rodion Kireev, who chairs the criminal proceedings against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on charges of abuse of power and damage to the state, announced on Friday a halt in the trial until October 11.

"The court goes to the decision room. A halt is declared for the preparation of the sentence," Kireev said, UKRINFORM reported.

Prior to this decision, Tymoshenko asked the court to give her time to prepare, together with her defense, her last word before sentencing. Tymoshenko expected that she would announce her position on Monday, October 3. However, the court decided otherwise.

The defendant's lawyer, Mykola Siry, called this turn of events "a unique case in the global practice."


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