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Tymoshenko faces indefinite arrest

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Dec. 9, 2011, 2:19 p.m. | Politics — by Associated Press

In this Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 file photo former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko waves to supporters from a prison window in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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A Ukrainian court has ordered the indefinite arrest of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, even if her current seven-year sentence is overturned, her office said Friday. Kyiv's Shevchenkivsky Court ordered Tymoshenko arrested late Thursday as part of a probe into the activity of an energy company she headed 15 years ago.

The decision shows that Ukrainian authorities remain unbowed by strong Western pressure to release the country's top opposition leader. The U.S. and the EU have condemned her 7-year sentence on abuse of office charges as politically motivated and have demanded her release.

Tymoshenko's lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko charged that Tymoshenko's arrest had no term and was indefinite, in violation of the law.

"Tymoshenko has been arrested forever," Vlasenko said, according to a statement on Tymoshenko's Web site. "This is yet another brutal and flagrant violation of the current legislation."

The Shevchenkivsky Court declined to comment Friday.

The court ruled during a session in Tymoshenko's jail cell where she's bedridden due to a back problem. She says the authorities are denying her proper treatment.

Tymoshenko is appealing her seven-year sentence and a key court hearing is expected Monday.

She was found guilty in October of overstepping her authorities while negotiating a natural gas import contract with Russia in 2009.

Tymoshenko maintains her innocence and charges that President Viktor Yanukovych has ordered her imprisonment to bar her from elections.
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Anonymous Dec. 9, 2011, 6:36 p.m.    

WTF!!!

Is there no one who can read and understand the Constitution?????

Another world first------a court ordered indefinite arrest!!!

Sit and do nothing......thats what the Jews did,,,,,nothing.

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Anonymous Dec. 9, 2011, 6:49 p.m.    

Tymoshenkos situation has gone out of control. For those who care to make sense of it all, it must be pointed out that this matter is no longer about charges brought against Tymoshenko. It is more about the criminal actions of Yanukonvict and his mafia. And the judiciary system they control and manupilate to protect their own criminal activities.Needless to say that everyday, new bizzarre situations arise which have never been heard of in the world. And no one cares to do anything to stop the evil regime.

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Anonymous Dec. 9, 2011, 10:11 p.m.    

15 years ago? is there no statute of limitations?

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2011, 9:25 a.m.    

Rather than &quot;chimp in robes&quot;, I would say, &quot;junkie in robes&quot;.

I just saw some video clips of the &quot;judge&quot; that presided over the Tymoshenko trial. Watch his eyes, twitches, and listen to his voice. It is very easy to manipulate a heroin addict.

Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/politics/detail/118517/20/page/1/#comment-155758#ixzz1g78dFSNY

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2011, 11:35 a.m.    

yaaaaaaaawn

Ukrainian paranoia

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Anonymous Dec. 9, 2011, 10:46 p.m.    

The Yanukrap regime cannot to let her out. The first thing she would do is to seek medical care. Blood work would be in order and the whole world would see that what in effect Tymoshenko received was a death sentence. They are killing her. No one becomes sickly and frail that quickly.. They are poisoning her.

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Anonymous Dec. 9, 2011, 11:05 p.m.    

Reading between the lines, the Yanukovych Administration is royally scared of Tymoshenko and the growing unrest of the denizens of Ukraine over the economy and political/class favoritism.

I suggest an alternative to Tymoshenko to continue her cause. Some competent politician (with the endorsement of Tymoshenko) within her party should take up the slack and mount pressure on Yanukovch; as the new populist.

Ukraine's future is too important to hang on just one sacrificial 'lamb'.

And, it could ease the pressure off Yulia Tymoshenko.

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2011, 12:55 a.m.    

No they are sending a message of intimidation to other members of the opposition and the public as to who is in control. Yushchenko was responsible for initiating this action and he should be held to account for his actions.

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2011, 8:42 p.m.    

While I agree with what you are saying Ric, there really is no one of Yulia's nature and capability that is in the opposition. They are in jail if they have the capability such as Lutsenko. Then there is Yats, but he supported Yanu thinking he would be part of the new govt, so he is nothing more than a traitor to democracy. He should have known enough about Yanu and PoR to realize what would happen.

No matter...Yanu has no intention of letting Yulia or anyone else that could be a political threat to him to gain any measure of power. If you're paying attention, you can see him sealing all the seals to the positions of power, leaving little in the way of chance.

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2011, 12:53 a.m.    

It needs to be remembered that the allegations against Tymoshenko were initiated by Yushchenko on the orders of Firtash. There is little doubt that this is selective persecution. The actions of Yushchenko and the government has brought Ukraine into international disrepute. It is time Ukraine acted to remove the abuse of presidential authority and power.

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2011, 8:48 p.m.    

What is with you Guest and your comments that Ukraine would have democracy if they instituted a parliamentary system over this current presidential system?

That is nothing more than rubbish that your repeat over and over and over again. You have been spewing this illogical rubbish for years now.

Anyone with even a smidgen of logic and intellect know that a democracy can exist in either type of govt. It is what the rules are and how they are enforced that determines whether a country will have a democracy.

You sound foolish for your continued rubbish on this issue, but it appears you don't care, so maybe you are more than a little foolish?

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2011, 8:50 p.m.    

Without a massive change in this govt, it is difficult to believe Yulia or any of the opposition who would even be considered a threat to this illegal and corrupt govt, will ever get out of jail.

This is what &quot;monster&quot; types of govts do.

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