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The appeal hearing of Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko against her abuse-of-office conviction is due to begin after being adjourned nineteen times.
The latest hearing was due to take place on June 7, but was postponed once again after Tymoshenko refused to attend the hearings, citing poor health.
The opposition figure has been charged with embezzling an estimated $405 million and evading tax worth more than $87,000 in the 1990s, when she was president of the United Energy Systems of Ukraine.
Tymoshenko's lawyers have insisted since her conviction that the judge is acting on the wishes of high political officials.
The EU, standing behind Tymoshenko, has condemned the conviction as well as her alleged mistreatment in prison.
| Ukraine invites EU to Tymoshenko appeal hearing |
Mon 21 May to Thu 21 Jun 2012