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 Vlasenko on Testimony of Mysterious Witness in Shcherban Case: This is Renat’s Fairytales, Volume One

Defense of Yulia Tymoshenko believes that yesterday's attempts to involve the ex-Prime Minister in the investigative actions of questioning the witness in the pre-trial investigation of the Shcherban case were illegal.

This was announced at a briefing of Tymoshenko's lawyer Serhii Vlasenko, reports Batkivschyna's press service.

"The court today practically confirmed that yesterday's hearing was illegal and illegitimate. And if the defense yesterday did not insist on obvious things, the court would have not reacted and continued to violate the requirements of the current legislation, "- he said.

Vlasenko said that the court violates the law, not only in the part of the videoconference but in part of the witness testimony at the hearing on the pre-trial stage of investigation.

"This is an illegal action. I started telling this to the court today, but you can see - the court is not interested," said the lawyer.

He noted that during the hearing he emphasized that Yulia Tymoshenko is being treated at the Kharkiv hospital of Ukrzaliznytsia.

According to Serhii Vlasenko, he knows that in the near future Tymoshenko will be attended to by German doctors "who can provide their qualified conclusions about the state of Yulia Tymoshenko."

"My personal communication with Yulia Tymoshenko on Friday and today's conversation with her daughter has confirmed that Tymoshenko's health is deteriorating," he said.

"I see no medical possibility - I would like to stress on medical - to deliver Yulia Tymoshenko to a court in Kyiv," said the defender.

According to him, Yulia Tymoshenko does want to attend the court in the pre-trial investigation in conducting investigations on the interrogation of the alledged witness.

"We would like to show everyone the farcical nature of the charges in the Shcherban case," said Serhii Vlasenko.


He informed that the defenders had time to read the testimony of the so-called witness and noted that the "testimony" can only be described as "Renat's fairytales".

"I cannot reveal the content of the testimony, but for myself, I call them Renat's fairytales,. Volume One."

Vlasenko did not tell the reporters the name of the witness, as it is an investigative secret but said that Tymoshenko had never seen the man.

"This is a man who Yulia Tymoshenko does not know personally, never seen before, never talked to him, had no opportunity to contact him. This man was not a business partner or a contractor of the companies where Yulia Tymoshenko worked. He's just an outsider, who will tell you Renat's fairytales tomorrow," said the lawyer.

Serhii Vlasenko also expressed belief that there is a direct line between the General Prosecutor's Office and Pechersk Court. He is confident that all the steps in Tymoshenko case are agreed between courts and with the GPO.

"It is no accident that judge Tsarevych announced the hearing on February 13," he said.

"A judge had not thought for a second on the lawyer's statements. She looked at the sheet of paper and set a hearing on the day following the date that is assigned in Kharkiv on the next case against Yulia Tymoshenko on oral instructions which she allegedly gave the accountant of UESU, when she was s deputy," said Vlasenko.

 
 
 
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