Ukraine's Tymoshenko loses appeal against jailing
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||23 December 2011|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Ukraine's Tymoshenko loses appeal against jailing, 23 December 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f1431e0c.html [accessed 22 May 2013]|
December 23, 2011
An appeals court in Ukraine has upheld the guilty verdict and the seven-year jail sentence imposed on former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
Tymoshenko was jailed for exceeding her authority in brokering a 2009 gas deal with Russia.
She has denied any wrongdoing and dismissed the trial as part of a campaign by President Viktor Yanukovych to get rid of a political rival.
The United States and the European Union also have condemned the trial as politically motivated.
Tymoshenko has dismissed the appeal hearings as a "farce" and has filed a case with the European Court of Human Rights.
compiled from agency reports