Jailed Ukraine Ex-PM faces trial on new charges

March 28, 2012 17:02


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KIEV - Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, serving a prison sentence for abuse of office in a case criticised by the West as politically motivated, will soon stand a new trial on charges of tax evasion, state prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Tymoshenko, the fiercest opponent of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, was sentenced to seven years in prison last October for overstepping her powers in forcing through a gas deal with Russia in 2009.

She denies any wrongdoing and the European Union has said it regarded Tymoshenko's case as an example of selective justice, urging her release and putting off the signing of bilateral agreements on political association and free trade over the issue.

Ukrainian law enforcement agencies have instead pressed ahead with even more charges against Tymoshenko.

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