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Jun 24, 2011, 12:53 pm

Yulia Tymoshenko: I demand a fair trial

pr_a4068.jpgBatkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko has filed a motion requesting a trial by jury.

"I demand right now that the court that will judge me, instead of a farce be turned into a real court. Perhaps a jury trial," Yulia Tymoshenko said while signing the petition according to established procedure.

The ex-premier pointed out that by law criminal cases can be considered by a judge, a panel of judges or a jury and noted that several weeks ago Yanukovych’s majority in parliament abolished the legal norm allowing for lay judges. "It wasn’t like this even during Soviet times. To carry out political repression, Yanukovych even got rid of people’s assessors," she added.

"I believe that only a jury can restore confidence and give hope for a fair trial," Yulia Tymoshenko said.

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