European Court to Hear Tymoshenko Case

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is appealing to the European Court of Human Rights against her imprisonment by Ukraine on charges of abuse of office.

Tuesday's hearing comes a day before Ukraine's high court is expected to rule on her appeal against her conviction and seven-year sentence.

The abuse of office charges are linked to a natural gas deal she brokered with Russia in 2009 while she was serving as prime minister.

She also faces separate charges of embezzlement and tax evasion, in a trial expected to resume September 11.

Ms. Tymoshenko, a co-leader of the 2004 pro-democracy Orange Revolution, says both cases amount to a political vendetta against her by President Viktor Yanukovych, who won a narrow victory over her in 2010 voting.