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Former Ukraine PM arrested for court violations

08-06-2011 10:58 BJT

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A court in the Ukrainian capital Kiev has arrested former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko for violations of court procedure during her abuse-of-power trial.

She is charged with abusing her power as a prime minister by signing a natural gas import contract with Russia in 2009. Prosecutors claim the deal was disadvantageous to Ukraine.

Acting on a judge's orders, Ukrainian police arrested former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko during her abuse-of-office trial on Friday for violations of court procedures.

She refused to rise when addressing the court, as required, and routinely insulted the judge.

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.

Her supporters both in and outside the court, including national lawmakers, squabbled with riot police, trying to prevent them from driving her away in a prison car. Meanwhile, Tymoshenko's party has threatened to mobilise its supporters and call street protests.

Tymoshenko insists she is innocent, arguing that the contract signing in 2009 with Russia ended weeks of natural gas supply disruptions to Ukrainian and European consumers.

She has criticized the trial as an attempt by President Viktor Yanukovych to bar her from upcoming elections.

Tymoshenko was the central figure in Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution,which threw out Yanukovych's fraud-tainted victory in a presidential election and led to another vote that brought a pro-Western government to power.

Tymoshenko became prime minister, but the Ukrainians grew frustrated by economic hardships, slow reforms and endless bickering in the Orange camp.

And in the 2010 presidential election she lost to Yanukovych.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has called on Kiev to guarantee her an unbiased trial.It has stressed that all agreements about gas supply made in 2009 had been signed in strict accordance with national laws of Russia and Ukraine, as well as relevant international laws.

Former Ukrainian prime minister arrested

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. <Full story>

 

Russia calls for impartial trial on Ukrainian ex-PM

MOSCOW, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- 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. <Full story>

 

Ukrainian opposition urges Ukrainians for rallies to support Tymoshenko

KIEV, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- First deputy leader of Ukraine's opposition "Batkivschina" party Alexander Turchinov urged Ukrainians on Friday for the mass protest rallies to support its leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko who was arrested earlier in the day. <Full story>

 

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.

 

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

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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