Ukrainian court puts off Tymoshenko tax evasion trial again

Ukrainian court puts off Tymoshenko tax evasion trial again
# 18 January 2013 19:05 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. A Ukrainian court adjourned the tax evasion and embezzlement trial of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko for the 13th time Friday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"The court has ruled it impossible to hear the case in Tymoshenko's absence," said Judge Kostyantyn Sadovsky of a court in the eastern city of Kharkiv. The trial has been postponed until Feb. 12.

Tymoshenko, now receiving treatment in Kharkiv hospital, could not appear in the court due to health reasons, her lawyers said.

On Jan. 8, Tymoshenko declared "civil disobedience" against the country's judicial authorities. She refused to appear in court or cooperate with investigators and prosecutors as a part of her campaign.

The former Ukrainian prime minister has been charged with embezzling an estimated 405 million U.S. dollars and evading tax worth more than 87,000 dollars in the 1990s, when she was president of United Energy Systems of Ukraine.

She was sentenced to seven years in prison in October 2011 after being convicted of abusing her powers in a natural gas deal with Russia in 2009, and has been in jail since August 2011.

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