QHA - Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has again categorically refused to attend the next court hearing in the UESU case, which is scheduled for August 16, the press office of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine has reported, says Ukrinform. "Prisoner Tymoshenko was notified of being summoned to Kyivsky District Court in Kharkiv to attend a session on the UESU case on August 16 this year. Prisoner Tymoshenko categorically stated that she does not want to be taken to court," reads the statement. As Ukrinform reported, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is accused of abuse of office as head of the United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) Corporation. She did not attend any of the 18 meetings of Kyivsky District Court on this case, citing her illness. Since December 30, 2011 Tymoshenko has been serving her seven-year term in the Kachanivska Penal Colony in Kharkiv in the case on gas contracts with Russia. On May 9, 2012 she was taken to Ukrzaliznytsia's Central Clinical Hospital in Kharkiv to treat her back.

QHA