Tymoshenko health fears stall tax trial

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A court in Ukraine has adjourned the tax-evasion trial of former Prime Minister Julia Tymoshenko until May 21 due to the ex-prime ministers ill-health.

The opposition leader, already in prison on an abuse-of-office conviction, failed to attend because of chronic back pain.

Tymoshenko alleges that she has been beaten by prison guards and is nine days into a hunger strike in protest.

Her lawyer stressed the politician is in poor health:

“Despite the fact that Julia Tymoshenko is not guilty of any of these charges, her health is a major concern.”

The jailing of one of the leaders of the 2004 Orange Revolution has angered the EU and thousands of her supporters who continue to stand by the 51-year-old:

“We are on hunger strike to show our solidarity with Julia Tymoshenko. All the demands we have made to the government could be met in one day, but the president could stop the torture of Tymoshenko with a click of his fingers, but he doesn’t want to,” said one angry supporter.

Tymoshenko served Ukraine twice as prime minister before losing the 2010 presidential election to current president Viktor Yanukovitch.