Prosecutors earlier asked the court to postpone the hearing because Tymoshenko is currently undergoing medical treatment and cannot attend. The prosecution office wants to see Tymoshenko in court.
The court also said it needed more time to study “additional materials” pertaining to the case.
Tymoshenko’s defense team shouted “Shame!” as the judge announced the ruling.
Tymoshenko’s defense counsel, Serhiy Vlasenko, told a news briefing later on Tuesday that the court’s ruling was unlawful, as she had submitted a formal request in writing asking the court to consider the appeal without her being present, RIA Novosti reports.
Vlasenko said he was planning to turn to the European Court of Human Rights without waiting for the Ukrainian court to make its ruling.
“We consider today’s court decision final and are turning to the European Court of Human Rights,” he said.
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