Ukraine's Tymoshenko loses appeal against jailing

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Posted: Dec 23, 2011 6:49 AM
Ukraine's Tymoshenko loses appeal against jailing

KIEV (Reuters) - An appeals court in Ukraine on Friday upheld the guilty verdict and the seven-year jail sentence imposed on former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko over abuse-of-office charges in October in a case that has soured Ukraine's ties with the West.

"The court has left the (original) ruling unchanged," a spokeswoman for the appeals court said.

Tymoshenko, the fiercest opponent of President Viktor Yanukovich, has denied any wrongdoing and said the charges were politically motivated, a view shared by the European Union. She has filed a case with the European Court of Human Rights.

(Reporting by Natalya Zinets; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov)