Opposition: Tymoshenko will be released from prison only after change of government

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Aug. 21, 2012, 5:53 p.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

First deputy leader of the Batkivschyna Party, Oleksandr Turchynov (R) and Front for Change Party leader Arseniy Yatseniuk


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The leaders of the united opposition have said that it will be possible to fulfill a judgment of the European Court of Human Rights and release former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from prison only after a change of government in the country.

"Of course, we are confident that the case will be considered objectively in Europe. At the same time, political prisoners will not be released even under a judgment of the European court until this gang runs the country," the head of the central election headquarters of the united opposition, the first deputy leader of the Batkivschyna Party, Oleksandr Turchynov, said outside the building of the Higher Specialized Court for Civil and Criminal Cases in Kyiv on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

"Therefore, it will be possible to release prisoners, release Tymoshenko and release Ukraine only by winning these elections," he said.

The No. 1 on the list of the united opposition, Front for Change Party leader Arseniy Yatseniuk, supported his colleague that the ECHR's judgment could be fulfilled only after the opposition comes to power.

"Of course, the truth cannot be got in the so-called Ukrainian courts. The truth can be got only in Europe. But this is not enough. It's necessary to have power to ensure that the ECHR's judgment is fulfilled," he said.

Yatseniuk called on supporters to do everything for the opposition's victory in the new elections.

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