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Punishment for economic crimes softened, "Tymoshenko amendment" rejected

10:09 07/10/2011

KIEV, October 7 - RAPSI. The bill softening punishment for a number of economic crimes passed its first reading at the Ukrainian parliament on Thursday, yet it failed to introduce at this stage legislative amendments allowing former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to avoid criminal prosecution in the infamous "gas case", RIA Novosti reported on Friday.

Some 278 deputies voted for the decision, while the required minimum was 226.

The opposition tried to amend the presidential bill to remove from the Criminal Code the offence for which Tymoshenko is tried (abuse of power and office). If the amendments are approved Tymoshenko may be released right in the courtroom, the opposition said.

Under its rules the parliament may amend the bill and adopt it in the second reading next week on October 18-21.

A Kiev district court will begin announcing Tymoshenko's sentence on October 11. The Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office has charged Tymoshenko with abuse of powers in connection with her approval of a Russian gas contract in 2009, when she served as prime minister.

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Punishment for economic crimes softened, "Tymoshenko amendment" rejected

10:09 07/10/2011 The bill softening punishment for a number of economic crimes passed its first reading at the Ukrainian parliament on Thursday, yet it failed to introduce at this stage legislative amendments allowing former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to avoid criminal prosecution in the infamous "gas case".
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