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Bloomberg: Yanukovych rejects pressure over Tymoshenko

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June 13, 2012, 11:18 a.m. |

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.
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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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Cornelis Brouwer June 12, 2012, 8:30 p.m.    

The call for justice for Mrs. Timoshenko from the EU politicians is the height of hypocrisy. Ukraine is a member of the European Council. Mrs. Timoshenko can always turn to the Human Rights Court in Strasbourg when considering her human rights being violated. But the eventual trial at this court does not obligates her to be present. In fact, the procedure is pure administrative. So Mrs. Timoshenko should stay in her prison.
Would this same politicians lift one finger for the sake of one of the other prisoners in Ukrainian prisons? Or send doctors on public expenses of their countries? Or in one of the prisons in a EU-country? Contrary to that. And if the situation of Mrs. Timoshenko is indeed so bad that intervention would be needed, how is it possible that in the European newspapers she permanently appears with stories, pictures and unjustified claims for a better treatment. Would a government that is as bad as described, allow every political fool to visit this lady?
And has the lady, being once prime minister of Ukraine, lifted one finger to improve the situation in Ukrainian prisons. I can’t recall any action concerning the subject during her government. So the situation is normal, according to her own lack of action by then.
A refusal to meet any of this European politicians or allow them access to Ukraine, based on a lack of moral standards, is fully justified.
A clear "Mind your own grimy business" would be the best message.

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