Canada concerned over "politically motivated persecution" of Tymoshenko

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Aug. 7, 2011, 2:03 p.m. | World — by Kyiv Post

Canada says Tymoshenko's persecutions are politically motivated

Kyiv Post

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird expressed concern over the “apparently politically motivated persecution” and arrest of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. “The appearance of political bias in judicial proceedings undermines the rule of law,” Baird said on August 7 in his statement in response to Tymoshenko’s arrest.
“Canada urges the Ukrainian government to strengthen judiciary independence and continues to support efforts to build a peaceful, democratic and prosperous society in Ukraine,” he added as quoted on Ministry’s web-site.
Tymoshenko was arrested on Aug. 5 in a Kyiv court where she is on trial for abusing her powers in signing a natural gas deal with Russia in 2009 that prosecutors claim was disadvantageous to Ukraine.

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Anonymous Aug. 7, 2011, 8:23 p.m.    

Yanukovych and the PoR do not understand "encouragement" It should be obvious to any normal person or government that they say one thing but do another - every time - when it come to policies of freedom and democracy. The only "encouragement" that they will understand is an embargo and freezing of the criminals foreign bank accounts.

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