Ukraine: Tymoshenko appeal hearing postponed for third time
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||12 July 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Ukraine: Tymoshenko appeal hearing postponed for third time, 12 July 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/500025492d.html [accessed 18 December 2014]|
July 12, 2012
Ukraine's high court has postponed hearing jailed ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's appeal against her conviction and prison sentence for the third time.
On July 12, the court in Kyiv granted a prosecution request for a postponement, citing the need for a new assessment of Tymoshenko's health, and rescheduled the case for August 16.
Tymoshenko is being treated for back trouble in a state-run hospital and did not attend the hearing.
Tymoshenko is serving a seven-year prison term on abuse of office charges in connection with a Russian energy deal dating back to her time as prime minister.
She has also been charged in a separate tax evasion case.
Tymoshenko's supporters say the cases against her are politically motivated by her enemies, and the U.S. and EU have condemned her prosecution.
Based on reporting by AFP and Interfax