Tymoshenko's sentence appeal hearings postponed
KIEV, May 15 - RAPSI. The hearing of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, sentenced to seven years in the notorious "gas" case, appeal against the sentence to be heard by Ukraines Supreme Specialized Court on June 26.
The hearing was postponed due to Tymoshenko's absence for medical reasons.
The Pechorsky District Court in Kiev sentenced Tymoshenko on October 11 to seven years in prison for abuse of power in signing gas contracts between Ukraine's Naftogaz and Russia's Gazprom in 2009. The judge declared that Tymoshenko abused her position as prime minister and issued directives regarding gas contract negotiations in Moscow, which were poorly documented and lacked the government's consent.
In December, the court of appeals made no amendments to the ruling and Tymoshenko was sent to prison to serve her sentence. In February, 2012, Tymoshenko's defense submitted a cassation appeal against the Pechorsky court's sentence to the Ukrainian Supreme Specialized Court for Considering Criminal and Civil Cases.
Following the 2010 judicial reform, this is now the court of last resort; its decisions are not subject to appeals.