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The Ukrainian judge hearing the politically-charged trial of former Orange Revolution leader Yulia Tymoshenko adjourned until Oct. 11 to reveal his verdict, leaving European Union officials concerned about the case — and its broader implications for Ukraine — guessing whether the opposition leader would be jailed for up to 10-years on abuse of office charges or set free.

As hundreds of supporters continued protesting at the Pechersk Court in downtown Kyiv, Tymoshenko declined to give a final statement to the court on Sept. 30 after Judge Rodion Kireyev refused to provide more time for preparation.

“You did not permit me to prepare my final word … I have nothing more to add,” said Tymoshenko, who has been behind bars since early August on contempt of court charges.

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