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Ukraine wants jail term for former leader

Police blocked supporters of former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko in Ukraine yesterday. Police blocked supporters of former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko in Ukraine yesterday. (Sergey Polezhaka/AFP/Getty Images)
Associated Press / September 28, 2011

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KIEV - Ukrainian prosecutors asked a judge yesterday to sentence former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko to seven years in prison on charges she abused her office in signing a gas import contract with Russia in 2009, Tymoshenko’s office said.

Prosecutor Liliya Frolova also asked Judge Rodion Kireyev to bar Tymoshenko from occupying government posts for three years and fine her $190,000 for the alleged damages she caused the state energy company Naftogaz, said Natasha Lysova, a spokeswoman for Tymoshenko. Prosecutors were not available for comment.

Tymoshenko stands accused of violating legal procedures when concluding the gas agreement with Moscow at a price prosecutors believe was inflated. She maintains her innocence and says the trial is an attempt by her longtime enemy, President Viktor Yanukovych, to bar her from upcoming elections as a convicted felon.

Tymoshenko was jailed during her trial on Aug. 5 on charges of contempt of court.

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