This combination of two photos shows on the left, in a Dec. 29, 2009 file photo, then Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko speaking to the media in Kiev, Ukraine, and on the right, in a photo provided by Ukrainian Pravda, taken Wednesday, April 25, 2012, Tymoshenko shows bruises on her body to the Ukrainian Commissioner for Human Rights in Kachanovskaya prison in Kharkiv, Ukraine, which she said she sustained when prison guards attacked her on Friday April 20 when trying to transport her to a local hospital against her will.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A court in Ukraine has postponed a hearing in the second criminal case against the jailed former prime minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.
She was due in court Saturday in the eastern city of Kharkiv, but the judge agreed to postpone the hearing due to the poor state of her health. The next hearing was set for May 21.
Tymoshenko is on a hunger strike to protest alleged abuse in a Kharkiv prison and also is suffering from debilitating back pain.
She is serving a seven-year prison sentence on charges of abusing her powers in negotiating an energy deal with Russia. The West has condemned the case as politically motivated.
In the second case, she is charged with evading taxes while heading an energy company in the 1990s.