That way, President Viktor Yanukovych can say that he didn’t interfere and let the process run its course. Prosecutors can say they did their job, but the independent judge found the evidence lacking, so they accept the verdict.
And the ex-prime minister can go on doing what she does best: Returning to the political arena as a vital voice standing in the way of the political monopolization and corrupt cronyism under way in President Viktor Yanukovych’s administration.
No one will believe the judge acted independently, but at least Yanukovych can publicly keep alive the fiction of an independent judiciary.
Yanukovych is going nowhere with the West unless Tymoshenko is released.