Former Ukraine PM Tymoshenko freed

Former Ukraine PM Tymoshenko freed

Former Ukrainian prime minister and opposition icon Yulia Tymoshenko has been released from prison, her spokeswoman has confirmed.

Natasha Lysova told The Associated Press that Ms Tymoshenko was released from her prison in Kharkiv on Saturday. She did not have further details.

Ms Tymoshenko is the arch-rival of president Viktor Yanukovych and her arrest in 2011 and conviction on charges of abuse of office were widely seen as a case of political revenge.

The claim of her release comes one day after the Ukrainian parliament voted to decriminalise the charge on which she was convicted.

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