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Yanukovych says he wants to pardon Tymoshenko, but cannot do that now

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June 15, 2012, 12:16 p.m. |

Viktor Yanukovych has said he wants to pardon Ukraine's jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, but by law he can do so only after all courts, including the European Court of Human Rights, make their decisions.
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said he wants to pardon Ukraine's jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, but by law he can do so only after all courts, including the European Court of Human Rights, make their decisions.

"The simplest resolution is just to let Tymoshenko go. My reaction to that is this: I can't act outside the framework of the law… The president does not have such instruments. I have to do everything by the letter of the law," he said in an interview with Time magazine.

Yanukovych also added: "So when could these questions [of her release] arise? They can arise when the legal process is finished. When it is finished, when the courts have made their decisions, including the European Court of Human Rights, then it is in the president's authority to grant a pardon. And if this time comes, there is a procedure for this. But until the courts have made their decision, in a transparent, legal and procedurally sound way, I do not have the power to do this."

When asked whether he wants to do this, he said: "Of course. Of course I do."

Yanukovych has repeatedly said that the question of pardoning Tymoshenko depends on the procedure established by law.

At the same time, Tymoshenko has repeatedly said that she would not ask for a pardon from Yanukovych.

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freedom..... June 12, 2012, 4:47 p.m.    

I can't act outside the framework of the law… The president does not have such instruments. I have to do everything by the letter of the law," he said

Ha ha ha ha........

How about using a 1961 Soviet law......

How about illiegal piano voting.....

How about ownership and construction costs of your , 'our' , 'shack'.....

How about BSF.....

The illegal changing and stacking of courts/judges.....

Your lies keep spilling from your mouth.....

Your are fooling no one.......as proven by the boycott by EU leaders in coming to zookraine.

Do the right thing,,,,,,and resign.......

A nations leader, is someone who cares more about the citizens welfare and life........then he does about himself.

Clearly,,,,you care nothing about the people; just how much you and your families, the yanuslimeovych clan, and the mafia clan........can steal.

You are a disgrace and an embarassment to the fine people of Ukraine.

And,,,,,,you are no leader,,,,,but a thug and a thief.

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Eckard von Goeden June 12, 2012, 5:01 p.m.    

why pardon her ?

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elmer-елмер June 12, 2012, 6:30 p.m.    

Good question.

She was "convicted" of a non-crime in a stalinist show trial.

In a sovok mafia state like Zookraine, not only Tymoshenko, but Lutsenko and others were "convicted" of non-crimes in stalinist show trials.

yanusvoloch's comments demonstrate his clearly psychotic dysfunctional attributes.

On the one hand, he accuses Tymoshenko of being involved in the murder of Shcherban.

On the other, he want to pardon Tymoshenko.

These sovok mafia thugs are insane psychotic freaks - and Zookrainians tolerate it!!!!!

янусволоч янусволоч

хуй хам пидирас
дякуємо вам Донбас

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bernardh June 12, 2012, 7:35 p.m.    

It is the usual delaying trick of Yanukovych: he is lying to gain a little time. Problem for him: he has played this trick too many times for anyone to believe in them. Only the brainless PoR fanatics are still cheering every bizarre whim of "the president", like this last one: "Tymoshenko is guilty of the Scherban murder, but I want to pardon her". Absolutely ridiculous.

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carl June 12, 2012, 7:46 p.m.    

Because the president is a good an decent man who does not hold a grudge like-tymoshenko,Yushchenko.

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Andrew Olexander June 12, 2012, 6:36 p.m.    

Aww golly... how about the fact she is innocent of any wrongdoing or crime??? Just ask your hero Putin.

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Roman Dawydiak June 12, 2012, 6:50 p.m.    

Vitya's probable strategy with political prisoners (especially Yulia Tymoshenko) is not overly complex. 1) Delay trials until it is too late for the political prisoners to enter the new Verkhovna Rada. This could have the added effect of possibly preventing the ECHR from issuing any decrees ordering the release of Tymoshenko in particular. 2) Declare a "humanitarian" release of ploitical prisoners just prior to the elections of the VR so that the general public can see that the President and his Party of Reprobates are "benevolent" people. 3) Sign the new language law to mollify his little russian and Great Russian Chauvinist supporters. The only major problem remaining would be control of the new Verkhovna Rada. If current opinion polls remain constant the Opposition should be able to gain a strong majority in the new VR and as such could stymie any presidential initiatives. The only sure way to prevent this from happening would be through massive fraud and falsifications although this could prove to be very difficult if not impossible by the vitue of the effective presence of signicant numbers of election obsevers from western democracies. In short, Viktor Yanukovych has boxed himself into a no win scenario. No matter what he does he will have venom spewed in his direction (not to mention rotten eggs). He has made his bed and now he will have to sleep in it.

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bernardh June 12, 2012, 7:31 p.m.    

Romand, you are right, Yanukovych is a simple mind and his actions and decisions are guided by primitive instincts and thus are easy to predict. His "strategy" is what you describe, just adding that the plan for securing a majority in the VR is to bribe enough number of MPs to support the mafia/communist alliance. The "prosecutor general" has already assured that political bribing is not a crime, and even the constitutional court has given its "blessing" for MPs to freely switch party after the elections. This "strategy" will lead to further international isolation of Ukraine, increased poverty and social instability, but the only objective for Yanukovych is to stay in power and increase his personal wealth.

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blueriver June 20, 2012, 1:07 a.m.    

1 million % correct

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carl June 12, 2012, 7:47 p.m.    

Let the system work if she does not prevail in appeals process the President using proper procedure can pardon the murderous lying thief.

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freedom..... June 12, 2012, 8:06 p.m.    

What system?
A 1961 Soviet law.....
And a stalinist show trial?
You're right ,,,,,this is the yanu system.......

But Ukraine is a democratic system.....ha!

See the difference?

Troll.......

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Andrew Olexander June 12, 2012, 11:32 p.m.    

The Ukrainian People want to pardon Yanukovych and PoR - but from a look at the opinion polls - cannot do so now!!!

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blueriver June 20, 2012, 1:04 a.m.    

Lies Lies & more lies, stupid fool Yanukovych does not want to free Tymoshenko. 1st he must ask permission from Putin....2nd he is afraid of Tymoshenko, 3 rd he must ask Firtash if its Ok to free Yulia...
Yanucovych go back to Donesk nobody in Europe like you dump fool.

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Phill M June 21, 2012, 2:04 a.m.    

So why pardon Tymohhenko?

I believe the reason to do so is that Yanukovych is looking towards the future: that when his turn comes to meet justice, he can claim he deserves pardon, because he showed pardon to her.

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