The prosecutor asked for seven years in prison Tymoshenko (The court is coming to an end)

In the final stage came the trial of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. At 15 pm local time (16:00 in Moscow.) In the Pechersk district court of Kiev began the debate. Playing the prosecutor, the lawyers and the defendant, reports BBC. The State asked the court to sentence the prosecutrix Tymoshenko to seven years in prison for abuse of power in the January 2009 contract with Russia on gas supplies were disadvantageous to Ukraine.

“The state prosecution asked the court to recognize Tymoshenko guilty of Part 3 of Article 365 of the Penal Code and subject of public danger and severity ask sentenced to imprisonment for 7 years without further right to hold public office for three years” - quoted by Lily Frolov, UNIAN news agency.

The court session was originally promised to be tense. The court waited for a few hundred Tymoshenko supporters. When the vehicle with the defendant drove to the courthouse, the protesters were chanting slogans of welcome, and then tried to break through a police roadblock in the court yard, but the way was blocked by soldiers of Special Forces “Berkut”.

Violated public order and in the courtroom. Presiding Rodion Kireev removed from the courtroom deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Yuriy Karmazin, because he interrupted an address by Attorney Lily Frolova. Deputy hastened to declare that the prosecutor gave an incorrect estimate of the conclusions of some expert. The judge ordered the deputy to leave the room. The deputy complied, but then said that the judge had no right to demand its removal and had exceeded its authority, reports RIA “Novosti”. The parliamentarian is convinced that the actions of Tymoshenko is not a crime.

Soon after the removal of Karmazin judge removed for similar violations of two deputies from the faction “BYT-Fatherland” Semerak and Vladimir Bondarenko.

The debate on the case will continue on Wednesday - the hearing will begin at 9:30 am Moscow time (10:30 Moscow).

Representatives of the United States and western Europe, and Russia, have made it clear that it is not interested in the recognition of Tymoshenko’s guilty. Ukrainian opposition believes the prosecution Tymoshenko and her allies in the government as politically motivated. President Viktor Yanukovych has denied political motives, arguing that the court’s decision is not predetermined, and it is difficult to predict.

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