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Court delays verdict in Tymoshenko appeal

Court delays verdict in Tymoshenko appeal
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Supporters of Ukraine’s ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko expressed their anger after a high court refused to set a date for its verdict following her appeal against imprisonment.

Inside the court state prosecutors called for Tymoshenko’s conviction for abuse of power to be upheld based on what they called “proof of her criminal guilt”.

Her supporters believe the delay in the court’s decision is politically motivated pending her case going to the European Court of Human rights.

Ukrainian opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk told reporters outside the high court: “I think that honest and fair justice is a miracle in Ukraine. So there will be no miracle. But we will fight for Tymoshenko’s freedom and if this court does not cancel the conviction, then the European Court must.”

Tymoshenko has been jailed for seven years for allegedly exceeding her authority as prime minister by negotiating a gas deal with Russia which was to the detriment of Ukraine.