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Brussels disappointed by statements about new charges against Tymoshenko

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Aug. 9, 2012, 3:57 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Brussels officials have said that public statements about new charges that are to be brought against former Ukrainian Premier Yulia Tymoshenko appear to prejudge the outcome of ongoing judicial processes.
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BRUSSELS – Brussels officials have said that public statements about new charges that are to be brought against former Ukrainian Premier Yulia Tymoshenko appear to prejudge the outcome of ongoing judicial processes.

"It is always a very bad surprise and a disappointment when representatives of the Ukrainian state, including the Prosecutor General's Office, make public statements which appear to prejudge the outcome of ongoing judicial processes," Peter Stano, the spokesman of EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule, told Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday.

As reported, earlier on Thursday First Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin said that the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office has enough grounds to charge Yulia Tymoshenko with involvement in killing Verkhovna Rada deputy Yevhen Scherban in 1996.

On October 11, 2011, the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv sentenced Tymoshenko to seven years of imprisonment for exceeding her authority when signing gas contracts with Russia in 2009. She has been serving her sentence at the Kachanivska correctional facility in Kharkiv since late December 2011.

Currently Tymoshenko is undergoing treatment at a Kharkiv hospital.

Meanwhile, court hearings of the criminal case on the activities of the United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) Corporation, which was managed by Tymoshenko, are being held in Kharkiv.

The ex-premier refuses to attend the court hearings of the UESU case due to her health condition. The next hearing is scheduled for August 14.

The hearing of an appeal against Tymoshenko's conviction in the gas case is scheduled for August 16.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has announced that it will hold a public hearing on Tymoshenko's appeal against her detention on August 28.

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gary yellando Aug. 9, 2012, 4:42 p.m.    

You EU Crats only talk the talk....keep quiet as you can not HURT Yanko, he is there for 20 years as the Ukraine people will vote for him again and again....they do not want a failed EU.....go east they will...

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blueriver Aug. 9, 2012, 7:54 p.m.    

The people of Ukraine dont have a choice ,

Mr. Yellow Politics in Ukraine is controlled by Putin's Russia as it has been many years, They failed in 2004 and were very angry.

Mr. Yellie when you move to Moscow and live in a big soviet style flat send us a photo, and when the Russian police stop your for no reason Mr. Ylliee you just tell them that you support Party of Regions in Ukraine and they will let you go without paying a bribe.

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cedrik Aug. 9, 2012, 8:12 p.m.    

Do try to keep your comments to the article and about the article. To do otherwise is foolish.

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cedrik Aug. 9, 2012, 8:21 p.m.    

At this time no one particularly cares what Brussels thinks or does. They have proven very well that they are in effect a toothless tiger simply trying to interfere in the internal affairs of a sovereign country that is not in EU and at this time has no desire to join EU.
With all the cases world wide far more egregious than the Tymoshenko and Lutsenko cases in Ukraine, one can not help but wonder why all the screaming from a select few in EU. Perhaps it involves some money being passed around? It is a wonderment, and in reality shows the endless hypocrisy of some diplomats in EU in that 99.9% of the screams are about Mrs Tymoshenko with rarely a mention of the supposed other 'political prisoners' in Ukraine. Again, perhaps it is money buying the loud noises emanating from EU?

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 9, 2012, 8:33 p.m.    

The real problem is the presidmetial system. Remove power and authority from the office of Teh president, adopt a full parliamentary model of governance as recommended Blythe Venice Commission and PACE.

Ukraine had a opportunity to become a parliamentary democracy in line with European standards but was opposed by Yushchenko. Yuschenko betrayed Aukraine and in Teh process set back Ukraine's democratic development decades if not generations.

As long as Ukraine remains beholden to presidential rule it will never be a free independent democratic state

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cedrik Aug. 9, 2012, 10:49 p.m.    

And west Canada speaks. Nice try.

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gary yellando Aug. 10, 2012, 12:54 p.m.    

Blueriver.....I am not for he Party of Mafia (regions)....I read papers that say the Ukraine people are two generations away from change from soviet rule...they are affraid of change....so sad really....so Yanko will be there for years to come.

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gary yellando Aug. 10, 2012, 12:55 p.m.    

Blueriver.....I am not for he Party of Mafia (regions)....I read papers that say the Ukraine people are two generations away from change from soviet rule...they are affraid of change....so sad really....so Yanko will be there for years to come.

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gary yellando Aug. 10, 2012, 12:56 p.m.    

Blueriver.....I am not for he Party of Mafia (regions)....I read papers that say the Ukraine people are two generations away from change from soviet rule...they are affraid of change....so sad really....so Yanko will be there for years to come.

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