The Kyiv Court of Appeals has denied the defense’s request to change the measure of restraint for Yulia Tymoshenko.

“The judges have reached the conclusion to deny the request. The court was not given grounds, justification or other evidence in support of changing the measure of restraint,” announced Judge Olena Sitaylo.

Yulia Tymoshenko’s lawyer Mykola Siryi has asked today the Kyiv Court of Appeals to change the measure of restraint for the ex-premier, who was arrested on August 5 by the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv.

“The measure of restraint should be changed to one that doesn’t include detention in order to allow employees of the Ministry of Health to do their job, to allow Yulia Tymoshenko to freely choose her doctor, undergo treatment, improve her health, and then Yulia Tymoshenko can fully participate in the appeal,” said Mykola Siryi.

In turn, lawyer Oleksandr Plakhotnyuk pointed out that by law the court can apply a different measure of restraint, such as a travel ban or release on bail. “There were no grounds to take Yulia Tymoshenko into custody, there still aren’t and there can’t be in the future,” he stressed.

The state prosecution traditionally opposed the defense's request, and said there were no grounds to change the measure of restraint.

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