EU statement: Tymoshenko, Lutsenko trials ‘did not respect international standards’

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Aug. 29, 2012, 7:15 p.m. | Politics — by Kyiv Post

Citing concerns with "selective justice" and politically motivated prosecutions of Ukrainian opposition leaders Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko under the administration of President Viktor Yanukovych, the European Union has delayed signing landmark free trade and association agreements with Ukraine.
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Editor’s note: The following is a joint statement issued on Aug. 29 by the EU High Representative, Catherine Ashton, and Commissioner Stefan Füle on the judgement by Ukraine’s Higher Specialized Court for Civil and Criminal Cases in the case of Yulia Tymoshenko.

 “We have noted the outcome of the review by Ukraine’s Higher Specialized Court for Civil and Criminal Cases of the verdict against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko which was presented this morning.

We regret that the consequences of the current situation will prevent two important leaders of the opposition from standing in parliamentary elections following trials which did not respect international standards as regards fair, transparent and independent legal processes. We stress the importance for the Ukrainian authorities to redress the effects of selective justice, in the cases of Mrs Tymoshenko, Mr Lutsenko and others. This would also require implementation of further judicial reform steps.

We have also noted with concern a new sentencing of Mr Lutsenko on 17 August 2012. We will continue to monitor closely developments related to Court cases against Mrs Tymoshenko and Mr Lutsenko, as well as others. There is now a possibility to bring the case of Mrs Tymoshenko before the European Court of Human Rights.

We wish to pay tribute to the role played by former Presidents Aleksander Kwaśniewski and Pat Cox, on behalf of the European Parliament, in observing Court proceedings in Ukraine.”

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cedrik Aug. 29, 2012, 7:36 p.m.    

All this verbiage begs the question: is 'selective justice' still justice?

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rcd1 Aug. 29, 2012, 9:25 p.m.    

Begs no question Ced... only an idiot or Yulia hater even tolerates this circus. It is a mockery of justice, an embarrassment on Ukraine and Ukrainians and stiffles any meaniful hope of Ukraine joining advanced democracies in Europe. This crap has gone on too long and the damage will linger now for a long, long time.

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Harry Yellando Aug. 29, 2012, 9:22 p.m.    

The EU do not understamnd that YANKO do not want EU interfeerence and will rather be kicked out of any Eu agreements than release Julia as she would put him in prison and take all his property do they not see this......wind bag wankers !!!!!! the lot of them.....

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 29, 2012, 9:52 p.m.    

From a purely political perspective the continued persecution and prosecution of poltical prisoners in Ukraine makes no sense. All it does is add more fuel to the fire in favor of the Opposition. Moreover, these short term actions are blind to the fact that the POR are very seriously lagging behind their opponents in popularity polls and do absolutely nothing in favor of the Government. This type of vendetta manufactured by Yanukovych and his cronies can only haunt them in the upcoming elections to the Verkhovna Rada.

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blueriver Aug. 30, 2012, 12:12 a.m.    

Because Yanukovych lied in 2004 fraud bribes in election 2004.

Now Yanukovych is afraid of Yulia.

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bernardh Aug. 30, 2012, 9:14 a.m.    

The persecution of political opponents is irrational and destructive, and the reason is of course that these policies are decided by an imbecile person, guided only by his primitive instincts. In two and a half year Yanukovych has caused enormous damage to Ukraine with his reversed Midas touch. When the end comes for Yanukovych, it will not be pretty. Meow, meow, meow.

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