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Ukraine judge refuses to free ex-PM from custody

A judge rejected on Monday requests by former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s lawyers to free her from police detention during her trial on a charge of abuse of office. Since the trial began at the end of June, Tymoshenko has refused repeatedly to cooperate with judge Rodion Kireyev and denounced him as a “puppet” of President Viktor Yanukovich, her political opponent. She was placed in police detention last Friday for contempt of court.
Kireyev handed down his ruling on Monday as thousands of Tymoshenko’s supporters gathered outside the courtroom on Kiev’s main thoroughfare, calling for her release.
He later rejected a second similar plea from her lawyers. The 50-year-old Tymoshenko, who brought thousands on to the streets during the 2004 “Orange Revolution” protests, remains an iconic figure for many in parts of the ex-Soviet republic.
Her detention prompted criticism from the US — an important backer for Kiev, which is drawing on a multi-billion dollar International Monetary Fund credit arrangement.

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