Aug. 10 - Detained Ukrainian former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is brought back to court, while her supporters camp out in central Kiev to show their solidarity. Nick Rowlands reports.
Supporters of the former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko cheer as she arrives at court in Kiev on Wednesday in an armoured police van. Many have been camping out to protest her detention last Friday for contempt of court, during her trial for alleged abuse of power while in office. Since the trial began in June, Tymoshenko has refused to cooperate with the judge, denouncing him as a "puppet" of her political opponent, Ukraine's president Viktor Yanukovitch. Her parliamentary deputy says the proceedings against Tymoshenko are connected to the future of democracy in the Ukraine. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) PARLIAMENTARY DEPUTY OF YULIA TYMOSHENKO BLOC 'BYUT', ANDRIY SHKIL: "We are facing a question of choice - will democracy survive or not? We cannot even imagine how it could stop or slow down but the truth is the reversal of democracy started with the arrest of the opposition leader." Tymoshenko denies charges that whilst Prime Minister she coerced a state energy company into signing a deal with Russia that was against the national interest. She remains the most powerful opposition figure in the country. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.