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Fule: Brussels to closely monitor trial of Tymoshenko in UESU case

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June 14, 2012, 2:28 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule has said the European Commission is planning to closely monitor the court hearings on the criminal case opened against former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
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STRASBOURG - EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule has said the European Commission is planning to closely monitor the court hearings on the criminal case opened against former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko due to the activities of the United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) Corporation.

"We will be watching this new trial very closely," he said at a meeting of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee in Strasbourg on Wednesday.
In this regard, he also drew attention to "the very public hints and revelations from the Prosecutor General's Office before the trial has even begun do not inspire confidence." In addition, Fule expressed confidence that Ukraine would resolve the question of selective justice, no matter how the upcoming parliamentary elections in Ukraine end. "Whatever the results on elections and on reforms, we also expect Ukraine to deliver on the issue of selective justice. Let me repeat - explanations are not enough. The trials of Tymoshenko, Lutsenko, Ivaschenko and others were neither transparent nor fair. They were not conducted according to international standards. There was no impartiality of judges, and there was no equality of arms between prosecution and defense," he said. The commissioner reiterated that such a position by Brussels "is not about personalities or political allegiances, but about a systemic problem." "Whatever the political climate in Ukraine, these reforms require cross-party support if they are to succeed in fixing a systemic problem which will impact on the lives of all Ukrainians. I would like to express my sincere hope that you all will unite in swiftly adopting such fundamental reforms for the rule of law," Fule said. On October 11, 2011, Pechersky District Court in Kyiv sentenced Tymoshenko to seven years of imprisonment for exceeding her authorities when signing 2009 gas contracts with Russia. She has served her sentence at the Kachanivska penal colony since late December 2011. In addition, Kharkiv hosts court hearings on other charges brought against Tymoshenko due to the activity of the United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) Corporation.

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Cornelis Brouwer June 12, 2012, 8:20 p.m.    

"There was no impartiality of judges". Will this Mr. Fule be so kind and and ask Mr. Van Rompuy, Chairman of the EU Committee, former PM Mr. Leterne, the king of Belgium and Mr. De Clerk, former minister of justice, to investigate the impartiality of judge Selleslagh. Will Mr. Fule restrict his activities to the cases of corruption and fraud within the European Commission and the European Parliament?

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carl June 12, 2012, 11 p.m.    

No Fule will not, EU is a corrupt fascist project. If EU is not destroyed it will threaten status of USA,Russia. Global stability depends on a trilateral format consisting of USA,Russia,China.

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Cornelis Brouwer June 12, 2012, 11:26 p.m.    

The EU is not fascist. It is a pure political mafia organization. Crimes like fraud (20% of the representatives sign in on Fridays to get about 280 Euro for their attention and then disappear), simple theft (former PM of Belgium De Haene talked about one million Euro out of the development fund for a pure private commercial operation of a Belgian friend), grabbing in the treasury of the EU by being member of some commission for which they are already paid for (about 120.000 per year). The list is too long to for a reply on your post. But, before anything else, this political cheats are never trialed. That is why I put two posts on the forum, that very conveniently disappeared.

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