Ukrainian parliament rejects move to dump Tymoshenko's offense

2013-01-11 13:31:14 GMT2013-01-11 21:31:14(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

KIEV, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Ukraine's parliament on Friday rejected a move to decriminalize an offense under which former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been jailed.

Only 161 deputies out of the 389 present in the 450-seat parliament supported the proposal, which seeks the abolition of articles 364 and 365 of the law under which Tymoshenko was convicted for abuse of office.

Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison in October 2011 for exceeding her powers in a 2009 gas deal with Russia and for squandering public funds.

In April 2012, in a separate case, she was also accused of embezzling 405 million U.S. dollars and evading tax worth more than 87,000 dollars in the 1990s.

Ukraine's opposition has repeatedly introduced bills on decriminalization of Tymoshenko's offenses, but their proposals have always found little support among parliament members.

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