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Ukrainian Ex-Prime Minister Tymoshenko To Face New Trial For Tax Evasion

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko

Ukrainian authorities say an investigation into tax evasion allegations against jailed ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been completed and papers have been sent to a Kharkiv court for a trial.

Kharkiv regional governor Hennadiy Tyurin said on March 29 that the new charges are related to Tymoshenko's activity as head of an energy company during the mid-1990s.

Ukrainian prosecutors said earlier the trial would start within weeks.

Tymoshenko is serving a seven-year prison sentence on charges of abuse of office.

Her supporters say the charges are a politically motivated attempt to remove Tymoshenko, a prominent opposition figure, from politics.

With reporting by Interfax and