The Australian: Murder charge for ex-premier

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Tymoshenko would be charged next month with involvement in the 1996 murder of Yevhen Shcherban.
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Prosecutors in Ukraine said they were ready to charge the jailed opposition leader Yuliya Tymoshenko with involvement in murder, reads The Australian report. 

In a move likely to increase tensions with the West, deputy chief prosecutor Renat Kuzmin said proceedings would begin as soon as Ms Tymoshenko's treatment for a spinal condition was over.

The former prime minister was jailed for seven years in October for abuse of office over a gas contract she signed with Russia in 2009. The US and the EU condemned the trial as politically motivated and Ms Tymoshenko accused her bitter rival President Viktor Yanukovych of a "political lynching" to prevent her challenging him for power.

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