Yulia Tymoshenko’s defense lawyers have filed a motion to postpone the trial in the United Energy Systems of Ukraine case citing Yulia Tymoshenko’s ill health.

“This motion must be considered by the court during the preliminary hearing in this case, which is scheduled for April 19,” lawyer Oleksandr Plakhotnyuk said, Tymoshenko's official website reports.

He said that according to criminal procedure law, the court can hold the preliminary hearing in the absence of the defendant. “Most likely, the preliminary hearing will be held without Yulia Tymoshenko,” he said.

Oleksandr Plakhotnyuk also said he is preparing a number of motions, including ensuring the publicity of the latest trial against Yulia Tymoshenko. “We will make motions to allow journalists in the courtroom and audio and video recording of the proceedings. These motions must be considered during the preliminary hearing in the case,” he added.

The Kyivsky District Court of Kharkiv has scheduled the preliminary hearing in the case against Yulia Tymoshenko involving United Energy Systems of Ukraine for April 19. According to the law, during the preliminary hearing the court should consider whether there are grounds to close the case. The hearing will be presided over by 36-year-old Kharkiv judge Kostyantyn Sadovsky.

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