Monday, August 8, 2011

In Ukraine, the court refused the release of Yulia Tymoshenko

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, currently on trial for abuse of power, will remain in prison while she must appear before a judge Monday, August 8, for a first hearing. Tymoshenko has been remanded in custody Friday for its "systematic violation" of court rules, according to a court in Kiev.

She continued to have exceeded his authority as prime minister in 2009 by authorizing, without government approval, the signing of contracts on the import of Russian gas at a price deemed disadvantageous to Kiev. She faces a sentence of seven to ten years in prison. His lawyers and his supporters demand his release, as the United States and the European Union, which criticized his detention on remand.

"Prison is prison, I will not complain. It is a test, but also the meaning of my life, act as Ukraine becomes a genuine European state," Yulia Tymoshenko launched arriving at court Monday. Hundreds of protesters had moved to support it. They also gathered signatures for petitions calling for the dissolution of Parliament and the removal of President Viktor Yanukovych.

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