Ukraine delays ex-PM trial

25 June 2012 02:47

Ukraine on Monday postponed the latest trial of jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko until after the 2012 final as pressure mounted on the tournament co-hosts to drop the controversial case.

The presiding judge set the next hearing for July 10 -- more than a week after some of the attention fades off Ukraine with the completion this weekend of European football's premier international event.

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 serving a seven-year sentence on abuse-of-power charges.

Source: AFP