Ukraine adjourns Tymoshenko trial amid protests

25 June 2012 11:46

Ukraine readjourned the trial of jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Monday as pressure mounted on the Euro 2012 co-host to drop the controversial case.

The presiding judge set the next hearing for July 10 -- more than a week after the final this weekend of European football's premier international event, when Ukraine will be under less international scrutiny.

Several thousand of Tymoshenko's supporters and foes held rival rallies outside the courtroom in the eastern city of Kharkiv where the fiery opposition leader is standing trial on fresh tax evasion charges while serving a seven-year sentence for abuse of power.

Source: AFP