Deliberations begin in Tymoshenko trial in Ukraine

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Sept. 30, 2011, 4:13 p.m. | Politics — by Associated Press

Supporters of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko shouts slogans outside the Pecherskiy District Court in Kiev, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011.
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A judge has begun deliberations in the abuse-of-office trial of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Tymoshenko is charged with exceeding her authority in the signing of a natural gas import contract with Russia in 2009.

Prosecutors have asked for a seven-year prison sentence. The trial has been condemned by the U.S. and the European Union as politically motivated.

Judge Rodion Kireyev on Friday adjourned the trial until Oct. 11 to deliver a verdict in the case.

Tymoshenko refused to make her final speech after Kireyev rejected her request to give her more time to prepare the speech.

She insisted on her innocence and said the trial amounted to "lynching" by her archenemy, President Viktor Yanukovych.
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Anonymous Sept. 30, 2011, 6:22 p.m.    

Question now that the trial is over WHY is Tymoshenko still being imprisoned? She has the right to freedom pending the decision of her trial and consideration of any subsequent appeal.

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Anonymous Oct. 1, 2011, 7:38 a.m.    

Not for contempt of court where judge has the right improson beyond trial albeit not normally for an extensive time.

Yulia should have shut her mouth and behaved, but she wanted to be imprisoned in order to illicit a response from the EU / USA - well that didnt work to well did it?

She a bandit and should stay in prison, one locked up is better than none

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Anonymous Oct. 1, 2011, 11:08 a.m.    

You are missing the point entirely. Yulia would have received USA/EU attention with or without the so-called &quot;imprisonment for contempt of court&quot;. The EU and Yanukovich are negotiating an Association and Free Trade Treaty and the EU holds ALL prospective members to certain standards.... INCLUDING legal standards.

As this Neo-Stalinist show demonstrates (thank you for the demonstration, judge Kireyev) Ukrainian legal standards fall far short of any normal civilized standards for impartiality. You know that, I know that. Furthermore, the &quot;trial&quot; is NOT about banditry in case you hadn't noticed. Read the accusations. Then look at the evidence.

This is not just about Yulia- she is simply the best-known of those being persecuted by Yanukovich, a symbol. It's also about Lutsenko and the others. At the end of the day, it is about the right of EVERYBODY in the Ukraine to receive a fair and impartial trial.

Today it is Yulia whose rights to a fair and impartial trial are being trampled on. Tomorrow, it could be YOU. Remember that.

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