A court on Thursday sentenced a top ally of a jailed former prime minister, Yulia V. Tymoshenko, to five years in prison for abusing his office. The court found the man, Valery Ivashchenko, a former acting defense minister, guilty in connection with the sell-off of a state shipbuilding plant in 2009. Mr. Ivashchenko denied any wrongdoing, calling the verdict unjust and politically motivated. Ms. Tymoshenko, the country’s top opposition leader, is serving a seven-year prison term on charges of abuse of office in a case that has been condemned by the West as politically driven.
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