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On Oct. 11, Judge Rodion Kireyev delivered a guilty verdict, according to which she is to be imprisoned for seven years and barred from public office for a further three years following her release. In addition, the ruling dictates that she must reimburse Naftogas Ukraine $190 million in losses for which the charges designate her as responsible.

Ivan Derevianko, head of the investigation department of the Security Service of Ukraine, informed the public on Oct. 13 that the Security Services had opened a new criminal case against Tymoshenko, as president and de facto owner of United Energy Systems of Ukraine between 1995 and 1997, for imposing the corporation’s financial obligations to the Russian Defense Ministry, valued at $405.5 million, upon the national budget.

President Viktor Yanukovych has noted that the Pechersk court judgment was not final and there would be forwarding of the trial to the Court of Appeal of Ukraine. The president mentioned that the case was originally initiated by the previous government. Prime Minister Mykola Azarov however, believes that the new criminal case against Tymoshenko is well-founded. The lawyers and fellow party members already expect the European Court of Human Rights to become the last instance in Tymoshenko’s case.

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