New trial for former Ukraine PM Tymoshenko

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The Independent Online

The jailed former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, will stand trial on tax-evasion charges in a new case, state prosecutors said yesterday.

Ms Tymoshenko, the country's top opposition leader, is serving a seven-year prison term on charges of abuse of office following a trial that was condemned in the West as politically motivated.

A spokesman for the prosecutor-general said yesterday that an investigation was complete and the new trial would start within weeks.