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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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