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Tymoshenko, 51, the main political opponent of President Viktor Yanukovich, is already serving a seven-year sentence on a separate abuse-of-office charge linked to a gas deal she brokered withRussia in 2009 as prime minister.

Her trial in the city of Kharkiv on tax evasion and embezzlement charges going back to the 1990s has been put off several times as she refused to attend because of back trouble for which she is receiving treatment in a state-run hospital.

A guilty verdict would keep Tymoshenko behind bars even if the European Court of Human Rightsoverturns her first conviction after the Ukraine high court rejected her appeal.

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