Judge Kireyev yet again refuses to release Tymoshenko from custody


The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv on Monday once again rejected the application from former Prime Minister and leader of the opposition Batkivshchyna Party, Yulia Tymoshenko’s lawyers to change the restraint measure to one not involving remand in custody.

The presiding judge, Rodion Kireyev also turned down applications from a number of human rights activists and the National Union of Journalists to release Tymoshenko on their guarantee.

The decision states that the defence counsel’s application does not contain circumstances which would suggest the need to change the restraint measure and that the court has not established such circumstances.

Yulia Tymoshenko was taken into custody from the courtroom on 5 August. There have been unambiguous statements from high-ranking representatives of the EU, European Parliament, foreign ministries of a number of countries, OSCE, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and many others. 

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