Sunday, 31 July 2011

Tymoshenko to demand withdrawal of judge at next hearing

ormer Prime Minister and leader of the Batkivschyna all-Ukrainian movement Yulia Tymoshenko will demand the withdrawal of presiding Judge Rodion Kireyev and the prosecutors during the next hearing in the "gas case" at Kyiv's Pechersky District Court.

"I think there will be the traditional withdrawal of the judge, because we're now documenting all of the violations the judge commits during the day," Tymoshenko told reporters outside the Pechersky Court in Kyiv on Friday.

Clearly, if any obvious and inadmissible violations occur, then the next day we will petition for his withdrawal," Tymoshenko said.

She said she would also demand the withdrawal of the prosecutors because "the prosecutors are servicing political repression" against her.

On Friday, Judge Kireyev announced a break in the "gas trial" until August 1.

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