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EU condemns Ukrainian justice after Tymoshenko appeal rejected

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Aug. 29, 2012, 3:14 p.m. | Politics — by Reuters

European Union Foreign Affairs and Security Chief Policy Catherine Ashton talks to media at the end of the Foreign Affairs Council meeting held at the EU Council building in Brussels.
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BRUSSELS, Aug 29  - The European Union urged Ukraine to reform its judicial system on Wednesday after former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko lost her appeal against an abuse of office conviction and another leading opposition figure was jailed earlier this month.

"We stress the importance for the Ukrainian authorities to take concrete steps to address the systemic problems of the judiciary," said Michael Mann, a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

"These should also redress the effects of selective justice, including in the cases of Mrs. Tymoshenko, Mr. Lutsenko and others, and prevent such failures from occurring again," he said referring to Yuri Lutsenko, who was sentenced to two years in prison on Aug 17.

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Harry Yellando Aug. 29, 2012, 4:05 p.m.    

So what !!! what the hell can the EU and this Ashton woman think they can do....Yanko DO NOT WANT THE E U.....and the eu is only talk , no do....

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 29, 2012, 4:58 p.m.    

Ukraine is a signatory to European Human Rights convention. if the anchor makes a ruling and it is ignored by Ukraine then there will be serious negative flow on resuts. Not the east the possible sanctions and various penalties. Europe to date has had ts hands tied as due process needs to be seen to be followed. The sooner the ECHR hears Tymoshenko's appeal the better.

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Byron Hill Aug. 29, 2012, 11:26 p.m.    

"Take concrete steps to address the systemic problems of the judiciary"... this is like telling the fox in the hen house to stop eating the chickens. Corruption has penetrated much of Ukraine for years and will be very difficult to remove. It can only be exterminated with fire and then nothing will remain. Ukraine needs a martyr.

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 29, 2012, 4:55 p.m.    

The EU turned a blind eye when Yushchenko misused and abused the office of president when he illegally and uncosnitutionally dissmissed Ukraine!s previous parliament. They originally expressed concern at Yushchenko's actions, which seriously undermined confidence in constitutional rule of law, but soon after remained silent when Yushchenko interfered with The independence of Ukraine's Courts. they shock have spoke out much louder.

That said the persecution against Tymoshenko was initiated by Yushchenko back in 2009. The charges fought against her are suspecious at best.

Due process of law now is in the hands of the European Ccurt if a human Rights. I look forward to their speedy consideration of her appeal and their considered judgment as to the merits of Tymsohenkos imprisonment and the charges laid against her. There are many others that should be facing charges of misuse and abuse of public office. Yushchenko in particular. I am sure that other members of the Government would also be guilty of an offence.

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cedrik Aug. 30, 2012, 8:33 a.m.    

Is 'selective justice' still justice? What Ashton and the Canadian screamer fail to understand is for the first time in Ukraine history of late an oligarch or three have been held accountable for their crimes.

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