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Ukraine Tymoshenko trial put back till after Euro 2012

Yulia Tymoshenko supporters in Kiev, Ukraine Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Supporters have launched a campaign to have Yulia Tymoshenko freed

A second trial of Ukraine's opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has been adjourned until 10 July - after the European football championship.

The tax evasion trial was postponed in the presence of high-level envoys from the European Union.

Separately, an appeal hearing against Tymoshenko's current prison sentence was postponed until 12 July.

The EU has accused Ukraine of prosecuting her for political reasons.

European leaders have refused to attend Euro 2012 matches, being held in Ukraine, in protest.

The final of the competition will be held in Kiev on Sunday 1 July.

A court in Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine said on Monday that proceedings were being postponed so that Tymoshenko could be given a medical examination.

She has refused to co-operate with such procedures in the past, and has alleged she was beaten by prison guards.

She is already serving a seven-year jail sentence for abuse of power.

An appeal against that sentence in a Kiev court was due to be heard on Tuesday but was also put back.

Tymoshenko is currently being treated for a back complaint by German doctors at a Kharkiv clinic and was not present in court this week.

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