Trial of former Ukrainian Prime Minister adjourned until after Euro 2012

A large poster by supporters of former Ukrainian Prime Minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko is on display in Kiev. Credit: Reuters

A Ukrainian court has adjourned the high-profile tax evasion trial of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko until mid-July, a move that will spare Kiev further negative publicity during the Euro 2012 football tournament.

Western outrage over Tymoshenko's prosecution - which she says is a politically-motivated witch hunt - has already prompted some European politicians to boycott matches at the football championship, which Ukraine is co-hosting with Poland.

In a hearing in the Kharkiv, a judge adjourned further hearings into the tax evasion case until July 10th at the request of state prosecutors, ordering a medical examination of Tymoshenko, 51, in order to establish whether she is fit to attend her own trial.

Tymoshenko denies wrongdoing.


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