Ukraine’s former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been expelled from court during a raucous hearing in her abuse-of-power trial.
Police clashed with parliamentarians backing the embattled opposition leader. Russian media said officers stormed the court after one of her supporters refused to obey an order to leave.
The prosecution claims Tymoshenko abused her office in the signing of a gas import deal with Russia in 2009. The ex-premier denies this, claiming persecution by President Viktor Yanukovich’s camp in order to get rid of her, Yanukovich’s main political rival.
Amid chants of “shame”, the judge temporarily adjourned the hearing. Tymoshenko was excluded for the rest of the day, accused of failing to show respect. She faces up to 10 years in jail if found guilty.