The holding in a prison cell of a court session to consider a motion by a Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) investigator on the arrest of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the case on the United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) Corporation does not contradict the law, according to the SBU.

"This procedure [of holding a court session in prison] is not prohibited by the Criminal Procedural Code of Ukraine. In this connection, I see no legal grounds to say that in this case there is any violation of the law. Quite the contrary, I believe that there were no violations," the head of the SBU's main investigative department, Ivan Derevyanko, said at a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

He also said the session was being held in the jail as Tymoshenko had refused to attend the session in the courthouse.

Derevyanko said that it was premature to say when the investigation into the charges against Tymoshenko on the UESU case will be completed.

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