Ukrainian prime minister denied bail

Yulia Tymoshenko says she has been falsely accused by president

Former Ukrainian prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, has been denied bail requests by a Ukrainian court. She was arrested Friday for contempt of court and violation of procedures and she has been on trial since June for signing an allegedly illegal gas deal with Russia in 2009. Tymoshenko argues that the deal was perfectly legal, and that she has been falsely accused by Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, in an attempt to make her unfit for future elections. Activists and supporters of the official opposition rallied for her release outside a Kiev courtroom on Friday.

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