By RFE RL
(RFE/RL) — The trial of Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has resumed in Kyiv after a two-week break.
Tymoshenko, a leading figure in the opposition, has been on trial since June for alleged abuse of office over a gas deal signed with Russia in 2009. She could face up to 10 years in jail if convicted.
Prosecuting authorities allege that the deal, which Tymoshenko brokered, resulted in Ukraine paying an exorbitant price for Russian gas supplies.
Tymoshenko, who denies the charge, says she is being unfairly prosecuted by her political rivals.
The European Union and the United States have warned Ukrainian authorities against political prosecutions and have suggested that the case against Tymoshenko be dropped.