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Prosecutors question Tymoshenko for 11 hours, eager to start trial

RIA Novosti

02:07 31/12/2010

KIEV, December 31 (RIA Novosti) - Ukrainian prosecutors said they had finished pre-trial investigation into activities of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko after she was questioned for 11 hours on Thursday.

Tymoshenko, 50, has been summoned to the Prosecutor General's Office for questioning several times over the past few weeks. She is facing abuse of office and misuse of state funds charges.

"Prosecutors interrogated me and immediately wrapped up the pre-trial investigation. They gave me my case materials for examining," Tymoshenko said as she emerged from the building.

"They want to pass the case to court without any delay," she said.

Tymoshenko, who is now an opposition leader, claims the criminal charges against her and members of her former government are politically motivated.

"Political repressions have never been carried out as quickly as in my case," she said on Thursday.

Tymoshenko has long been at odds with the current president, Viktor Yanukovych, to whom she narrowly lost February's presidential elections. Tymoshenko was prime minister under the previous presidency of Viktor Yushchenko, but moved to opposition after her government was dissolved in March following the elections.

Tymoshenko supporters accuse the Yanukovych government of pursuing "pro-Russian" policies and betraying Ukraine's own interests and claim that a "campaign" against their leader is aimed at wiping out opposition.