Lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko has accused the authorities of staging numerous provocations in order to manipulate public opinion regarding former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

“I’m convinced that provocations regarding Yulia Tymoshenko’s health will continue until October 15, the date when Yulia Tymoshenko’s trial is scheduled to resume,” said Vlasenko.

The lawyer stressed that the judge made another illegal ruling today by postponing the trial in the fabricated case against Tymoshenko. “According to the law, the judge should have done what the defense has been saying since the first court hearing – suspend the proceedings in the case until Yulia Tymoshenko recovers,” he emphasized.

“The state of Yulia Tymoshenko’s health has been objectively confirmed by independent doctors, by Ukrainian doctors, by the results of examinations. Even the experts controlled by the government couldn’t write that Yulia Tymoshenko is healthy. Therefore, the only thing the court should have done is suspend the proceedings in the case, not postpone them and then again say: look, she refused to participate a tenth time,” added the lawyer.

Vlasenko pointed out that Tymoshenko doesn’t have the right to refuse to participate in the trial. “Yulia Tymoshenko can’t participate in the hearing due to health reasons,” he underlined.

He also said that the on the eve of the latest hearing the authorities released another provocative interview with Tymoshenko’s former cellmate, Yulia Abaplova. “I would like to thank all the media who yesterday refused to disseminate the fabricated and manipulative interview that was posted on several pro-government websites. I would like to thank those honest journalists who had the courage not to duplicate this manipulation and forgery,” said Vlasenko