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Former Ukrainian PM Tymoshenko sentenced 7 years in prision

10-11-2011 18:48 BJT

KIEV, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced seven years of imprisonment by a court for exceeding power in a 2009 gas deal with Russia and squandering public funds, a judicial source said Tuesday.

Judge Rodion Kireev said that in January 2009, then Prime Minister Tymoshenko had "used the power granted to her for criminal purposes and, acting intentionally, committed acts that clearly went beyond the rights, which have led to serious consequences."

The judge said Tymoshenko caused a 190 million-U.S.-dollar loss to state enterprise Naftogaz Ukraine by agreeing a 10-year contract on gas imports from Russia in 2009.

Kireev ordered Tymoshenko should reimburse the state nearly 190 million dollars.

Analysts expect that after such a verdict, Ukraine's relations with Western countries and Russia will become more complicated.


Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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