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Aug 14, 2012, 10:15 am

Kharkiv show trial postponed again - this time till September 11 (photos)

pr_b6524.jpgThe Kyivsky District Court of Kharkiv has traditionally postponed until September 11 the hearing of the case against Yulia Tymoshenko involving the activities of the corporation United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) dating back to 1997-1998.

"The trial is postponed until September 11," announced the presiding judge, Kostyantyn Sadovsky.

Recall that on November 11, 2005, the Supreme Court of Ukraine, at a joint session of two chambers - the judicial chamber for criminal cases and the judicial military collegium - ruled as legal the decision by the court to close all criminal cases against Yulia Tymoshenko because of the absence of a crime.

Despite this, on October 12, 2011, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) opened a criminal case against Yulia Tymoshenko.

In November 2011 Yulia Tymoshenko’s defense team appealed the order opening the criminal case, but in December 2011 the Shevchenkivsky District Court of Kyiv left the order in force.

On January 20, 2012, the SBU announced the completion of the investigation in the case and gave the case file to Yulia Tymoshenko to review. In March 2012 the case was handed over to the court.

Yulia Tymoshenko is accused under articles 15.2 and 191.5 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine of allegedly attempting to steal 25 million hryvnias from the state budget, tax evasion by UESU in the amount of 4 million hryvnias, and using a foreign company’s credit card to spend approximately $1 million on expensive hotels and restaurants.

"In 1997-1998, the years in question, Tymoshenko was a member of parliament and did not give any verbal orders. There is no evidence of any verbal instructions given. The individuals who they allege were complicit in this crime weren’t even interrogated. Yulia Tymoshenko’s actions were not a crime. This issue was investigated by the Prosecutor General’s Office and all the courts, including two chambers of the Supreme Court. The case against Tymoshenko was closed legitimately by relevant officials in accordance with the Code of Criminal Procedure because her actions did not constitute a crime," Yulia Tymoshenko’s lawyer, Serhiy Vlasenko, has argued.

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