Tymoshenko, the main political opponent of President Viktor Yanukovich, is already serving a seven-year term following her conviction for abuse of office in October last year. Her second trial is for alleged tax evasion and embezzlement.
The 51-year-old, who denies wrong-doing and says she is being persecuted by Yanukovich to eliminate her as a political rival, went on hunger strike on Oct. 29 to protest against alleged vote-rigging in a national election the day before.
The judge adjourned her trial shortly after the hearing resumed. “The court rules it impossible to consider the affair in the absence of the accused, Tymoshenko, and her defence counsel. An adjournment is ordered until Nov. 23,” said judge Kostyantyn Sadovsky, according to Interfax news agency.