The 51-year-old Tymoshenko is already serving a seven-year
sentence for abuse of office but has been moved from prison to a
clinic for treatment for a chronic back problem.
Her condition has led to several postponements of a new
trial on charges of tax evasion and embezzlement going back to
the 1990s when she was a prominent businesswoman involved in the
gas trading industry, earning the sobriquet “gas princess”.
When a fresh attempt to resume the trial happened on
Tuesday, with Tymoshenko once again absent, state prosecutors
proposed she take part in proceedings via a video conferencing
link from hospital.