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You're reading: Ukraine’s Tymoshenko said to be ‘critical’ as trial adjourned

The former prime minister, the main opponent of President Viktor Yanukovich, was sentenced to seven years in prison in October 2011 on abuse-of-office charges.

But hospital treatment for back trouble has meant a second trial for alleged tax evasion and embezzlement – which she and West governments also denounce as politically motivated – has been repeatedly adjourned.

When the court announced another adjournment on Friday until Feb. 12, a group of her supporters called out: “Shame on the torturers!”

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