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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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Harry Yellando Aug. 29, 2012, 12:37 p.m.    

Ukraine Justice is a laugh for the world to see BUT Yanko is KING....

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 29, 2012, 4:08 p.m.    

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely

Tymishenkos persecution was initiated by Yushchenko.

Ukraine will never be a free independent democratic state as long as it is beholden to presideential rule.

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 29, 2012, 4:06 p.m.    

Tymoshenko, having exhausted her appeal rights with Ukraine can now lodge an application for review by the European Court Human Rights. Hoefully the ECHR will fast track there review. I find it hard to agree with Teh decision of Ukraine's courts ruling. Imagine if we held to account politicians and or businessman for designs that were later deemed to have caused a loss or impost on citizens or shareholders? The decision made by Tymoshenko to sign an agreement with Russia in relation to gas simply was supported by the European community.

Yushchenko initiated charges against Tymoshenko which is considered by many to be nothing but political persecution.

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