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Tymoshenko ends appeal in Ukraine

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Dec. 22, 2011, 3:31 p.m. | Politics — by Associated Press

Ukraine's jailed ex-prime minister says she will end efforts to overturn her conviction for abuse of office in her country, claiming Ukrainian courts are controlled by the government.
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Ukraine's jailed ex-prime minister says she will end efforts to overturn her conviction for abuse of office in her country, claiming Ukrainian courts are controlled by the government. Yulia Tymoshenko, the nation's top opposition leader, was sentenced to seven years in jail in October in a trial the West has condemned as politically motivated.

Tymoshenko's office said Thursday that she is pulling out from all legal proceedings in Ukraine and will press her case in the European Court of Human Rights. Tymoshenko charged the courts will not be objective in Ukraine as long as her longtime foe, President Viktor Yanukovych, is in power.

Her lawyers said that a Kiev court hearing her appeal has adjourned until Friday and is likely to continue with the case despite Tymoshenko's absence.
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Anonymous Dec. 22, 2011, 3:38 p.m.    

She is guilty and she knows there is evidence to prove it. Jail time is absolutely what a corrupt, lying crook like Tymo deserves.

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Anonymous Dec. 22, 2011, 6:44 p.m.    

How much did Yanukalin pay you for this....traitor.!

This is not about her guilt or innocense,,,,,it is about 'Rule of Law&quot; as applied to every citizen of Ukraine......

We are now living under Stalin conditions..

Wake up.....

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Anonymous Dec. 22, 2011, 9:07 p.m.    

yaaaaawn

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 8:12 a.m.    

No guts to use your own name???

Piece of crap, you are,,that came out of Yanuks ass!!!

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Anonymous Dec. 22, 2011, 8:07 p.m.    

More than true .

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 6:34 a.m.    

A lie.

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 8:14 a.m.    

You gutless piece of shit...out of Yanuks ass......!!!

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Anonymous Dec. 22, 2011, 3:53 p.m.    

In order to have her case heard by the European Curt of Human Rights she must exaughst all pealmrightsnin Ukraine. If she withdraws this could complicate any right she might have to have the matter referred to the European Court.

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Anonymous Dec. 22, 2011, 9:54 p.m.    

Won't complicate a thing.

The European Court is there for just such purposes. To counteract kangaroo courts such as the one in Ukraine.

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Anonymous Jan. 1, 2012, 6:18 a.m.    

If her health survives all this, she has good prospects in her political career. Russians and Ukrainians love those who are unfairly abused. She has good chances to be supported by the nation.

However, a big disadvantage is that really active people immigrate. Yes, they love Ukraine, but they love their own kids more. They will rather go to the construction jobs in Chicago than to Maydan. It is more important to guarantee your own child a good future in the stable society than waste your life for Ukraine and its new leaders.

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