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Tymoshenko Tax Trial Postponed Again

An opposition supporter at a protest rally in Kyiv on November 12 holds up a portrait of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.
A court in Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine has again postponed the tax-evasion trial of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Tymoshenko, a bitter rival of President Viktor Yanukovych, is already serving a seven-year sentence over a separate conviction for abuse of power.

Ukraine's State Penitentiary Service announced on November 9 that Tymoshenko had asked for permission not to appear at the November 13 hearing due to poor health.

Judge Konstyantyn Sadovskyy adjourned the hearing until November 23.

It is the 10th time the trial has been postponed since April due to Tymoshenko’s health woes.

The trial focuses on allegations that Tymoshenko evaded millions of U.S. dollars in taxes in connection with a private energy company she headed during the 1990s.

Western governments say the case appears to be politically motivated.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Interfax