Tymoshenko defence expects EP monitoring mission to continue
On the eve of a meeting with the EP President which may decide to extend the Ukrainian Monitoring Mission, Yulia Tymoshenko stated that she was refusing to attend court, speak with the investigators and was returning to her ward as a mark of civil disobedience. She also alleged that her cosmetics have been spiked with poison.
The European Parliament Observation Mission, led by Pat Cox, former EP President and Aleksander Kwaśniewski, former President of Poland, is due to meet with the current EP President Martin Schultz on 9 January. On Tuesday Serhiy Vlasenko, Ms Tymoshenko’s defence lawyer, said that he expected the mission to be extended.
The Mission began in June 2012 to monitor court proceedings involving imprisoned former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. It was later expanded to include the case of former Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko and the trial of former Acting Defence Minister Valery Ivashchenko.
The Mission was suspended during the election period.
On Tuesday, Ms Tymoshenko issued a statement announcing that she was beginning
From reports at Interfax Ukraine