Ukraine's highest court upholds Tymoshenko verdict

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Aug. 29, 2012, 11:38 a.m. | Politics — by Associated Press

Supporters of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko take part in a rally outside Ukraine's High Specialized Court on Civil and Criminal Cases in Kyiv Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. Ukraine's High Specialized Court for Civil and Criminal cases has rejected Tymoshenko's appeal of her conviction and seven-year sentence on charges of abusing her powers in signing a gas deal with Russia on Aug. 29.
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Ukraine's highest court has upheld the guilty verdict against the country's ex-prime minister, who is in jail on abuse of office charges.

Yulia Tymoshenko was an architect of Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution. She was sentenced to seven years in prison in October 2011 over allegations involving a gas contract negotiated while she was prime minister.

Judge Alexander Elfimov said on Wednesday, Aug.29, as he was reading the ruling that the court "found no grounds to uphold (Tymoshenko's) appeal" of the verdict.

The former prime minister's supporters say the trial was initiated by her opponent President Viktor Yanukovich, who denies the accusations.

Lawyers for Tymoshenko are appealing her conviction in the European Court for Human Rights.

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