The next shots in the Yulia Tymoshenko trial will be fired on Wednesday following a judge’s adjournment in Kiev.
The former Ukrainian prime minister had a new lawyer for Monday’s session. In running verbal warfare with the judge, Tymoshenko said she had asked for a month to read the 4,000-page case against her. Any less she insisted was proof the court did not want her to be able to prepare a defence.
“We’ve counted more than 20 cars permanently following me, tracking my wherabouts and 17 of mine, my friends, and my colleagues’ mobile phones are tapped,” she said outside to reporters.
Pro-Tymoshenko crowds gathered outside, as did some of her critics. If found guilty of abuse of office allegations she could go to prison for 10 years. The EU and US have condemned the Tymoshenko trial and those of her allies as “selective prosecution”.