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Ukrainian police clash with former PM Tymoshenko’s supporters Add to ...

Ukrainian riot police clashed Monday with supporters of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko outside the courtroom where she is on trial after a judge again rejected pleas for her to be freed from custody.

A Reuters witness said that scores of “Berkut” special forces tussled with people on Kiev’s main thoroughfare as they tried to clear a path for a police van to drive Ms. Tymoshenko away.

Earlier, the presiding judge rejected for a third time pleas from Ms. Tymoehsnko’s lawyers for the 50-year-old politician to be released from police custody.

She is trial on a charge of abuse of office.

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