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Tymoshenko trial resumes in Kiev

Tymoshenko trial resumes in Kiev
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The trial of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has resumed in Kiev.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the courthouse. There was a stand-off between her supporters, her political opponents and the riot police.

Tymoshenko came back to court after spending the weekend in custody on charges of contempt. She is accused of abuse of power but claims the proceedings are politically motivated.

The judge heeded prosecution calls for her to be kept in custody during the trial.

“The court made the decision at our request. We have declared our legal position, but it is not fair for the defendant and her attorneys to state that they don’t understand the basis of the accusation” said prosecutor Liliya Frolova.

Tymoshenko was a central figure in the Orange Revolution of 2004. The movement overturned current President Viktor Yanukovych’s victory in the election. Tymoshenko claims her trial is an attempt to stop her standing again.