Second Tymoshenko trial takes off, with third one pending

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, in the second year of a seven-year prison sentence, hasn’t seen the end of her legal woes yet.

On Feb. 13, a pre-trial hearing started in Kyiv in which Tymoshenko is accused of involvement in the contract killing of Donetsk multimillionaire and member of parliament Yevhen Shcherban in 1996.

The trial started with scandal. A special police unit ejected oppositional members of parliament from the courtroom for mocking the proceedings. Tymoshenko, detained in Kharkiv, was not present. The penitentiary service claims Tymoshenko refused appear this time as well, citing poor health. But Tymoshenko’s team claims the penitentiary service prevented her from attending the trial.

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