Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych rejected “political” pressure over the jailing of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, saying an appeal to Europe’s human-rights court would only confirm the legality of her conviction.
Yanukovych said the former Soviet republic has hired U.S. law company Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP to evaluate the case against Tymoshenko, whose imprisonment has prompted European officials to skip matches in the European soccer championship Ukraine is co-hosting with Poland. While an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights by her lawyers may find procedural infringements, no legal violations would be uncovered, the president said.
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