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Tymoshenko Lawyer Kept Out Of Trial

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 10 (UPI) — A court in Ukraine refused Wednesday to allow former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s lawyer to return to the trial.

The court also denied a defense motion to remove prosecutors from the case, Interfax-Ukraine reported. Tymoshenko said prosecutors Lilia Frolova and Oleksandr Mykytenko violated the country’s constitution and laws by bringing charges when no crime was committed.

Tymoshenko is charged with misconduct in office for signing a gas deal with Russia in 2009. Prosecutors say she abused her authority and also allege financial misconduct.

The court ordered Tymoshenko jailed last week, having her arrested in the midst of a hearing. Sergey Vlasenko, an opposition member of Parliament, was removed from her defense team in July on the grounds of courtroom misconduct.

When Tymoshenko’s lawyers asked the court to allow Vlasenko to return to the defense team, prosecutors charged they were stalling, RIA Novosti reported.

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