KIEV, February 8. (Itar-Tass). Today the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, voted down a bill of the Criminal Code under which the former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced to imprisonment. A total of 159 deputies of the Verkhovna Rada supported the bill out of the 226 minimum required.
Decriminalization of the article under which the former prime minister was convicted is demanded by the Ukrainian opposition and European parliamentarians.
On October 11 Kiev Pechersk district court sentenced ex-premier to seven years in prison on abuse of office charges for signing of gas contracts with Russia in January 2009.