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Jun 24, 2011, 05:05 pm

Serhiy Vlasenko: the defense was the right to study the case materials

pr_a2935.jpgYulia Tymoshenko’s lawyer has asked the court for adequate time to review all the materials in the criminal case against the former prime minister.

"I ask that you give us reasonable time to review the materials in the criminal case - the 11 volumes. We need one month starting today. This isn’t much, considering that she is reviewing materials in other criminal cases," said defense lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko.

According to Vlasenko, it took him 4 days to review just one volume. "This is very quick. But we need time to professionally speak about other issues that need to be covered during the preliminary review. I’m not familiar with much of the material, but that’s not my fault," he added.

Serhiy Vlasenko underscored that the right to defense is a fundamental human right. "We’re talking about a person’s life, a person against whom the propaganda machine is working. We’re asking for a rather short period of time, that’s why I ask that this motion be granted. The time we were given was definitely not enough," he stressed.

However, Judge Rodion Kireyev said the defense had sufficient time to review the case materials.

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