Tymoshenko to challenge her verdict in European Court

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Oct. 11, 2011, 1:55 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who was sentenced on Tuesday to seven years in prison for abuse of power and ordered to repay Hr 1.5 billion in losses to Ukraine's state oil and gas company, has said that there is no justice in Ukraine. "This verdict and these repressions against citizens bring Ukraine back to 1937," Tymoshenko said in the courtroom on Tuesday after the verdict was announced.

The ex-premier said she intended to "defend her good name" in the European Court of Human Rights.

"No sentence can stop me. We will fight and defend my good name in the European Court, and I am convinced that the European Court of Human Rights will make a legitimate, lawful and fair decision," she said.

According to Tymoshenko, Ukrainian courts cannot be trusted.

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