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Tymoshenko verdict set for October 11

Tymoshenko verdict set for October 11
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A Kiev judge has adjourned the corruption trial of Ukraine’s former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko until October 11. The court is set to give its verdict on the same date.

Tymoshenko is charged with abuse of office in relation to a 2009 gas deal with Russia. State prosecutors say she was not authorised to sign the contract with Moscow and that the price paid was too high. They are seeking a seven-year jail term.

Tymoshenko argues the whole case is being orchestrated by her rival, President Viktor Yanukovich, to force her out of politics.

The United States and the European Union have condemned the trial as politically motivated.