Ukraine ex-PM's appeal trial put off until July 12

KIEV Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:58am EDT

Supporters of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko are seen in a protest tent camp in central Kiev June 25, 2012. REUTERS/Anatolii Stepanov

Supporters of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko are seen in a protest tent camp in central Kiev June 25, 2012.

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KIEV (Reuters) - A Ukrainian court on Tuesday adjourned hearings to July 12 into former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko's appeal against the verdict and seven-year prison sentence handed down to her last October on abuse-of-office charges.

Judge Stanislav Mishchenko granted state prosecutors' motion requesting a medical examination of Tymoshenko to determine if she is fit to attend the hearings.

Tymoshenko, who has been moved from prison to a hospital to receive treatment for back trouble, chose not to attend Tuesday's hearings.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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