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Former Ukrainian prime minister arrested

08-06-2011 08:56 BJT

KIEV, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Former Ukrainian prime minister and now opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko was arrested Friday for violations of court processes during her abuse-of-power trial, the local Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported.

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko addresses the parliament in
Kiev March 3, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

According to the agency, the trial judge said, "Systemic violations of the accused, in particular, her interference with the questioning of witnesses" were the grounds for her arrest.

The judge also said the defendant had deliberately delayed the process, repeatedly objected to her address being read out and had not warned the court about her being late for an Aug. 5 hearing.

The prosecution accuses Tymoshenko of signing a gas supply deal with Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom in 2009, which caused damages to the Ukrainian economy.

The Russian Foreign Ministry swiftly reacted to the news about the arrest of
Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Friday, calling Kiev to
guarantee her an unbiased trial.

The Russian Foreign Ministry swiftly reacted to the news about the arrest of
Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Friday, calling Kiev to
guarantee her an unbiased trial.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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