Tymoshenko Stays in Arrest

August 8th, 2011   Articles | Foreign Policy | The European Union | Ukraine

Today Monday August 8, 2011, during the hearing of Yulia Tymoshenko’s criminal case, the Court dismissed an appeal from the former prime minister to release her from jail. Last Friday Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine’s top opposition leader and former prime minister, was arrested during her own trial following the judge’s decreed she was guilty of “systematically” disrupting proceedings. Yulia Tymoshenko was led from the courtroom and transferred to a detention centre under heavy police escort.

According to the judge there is no reason to change the decision regarding arrest because, in the appeal from Yulia Tymoshenko’s defense, there is no objective explanation in accordance with the Ukrainian law. 

Yulia Tymoshenko is accused of exceeding her authority as prime minister in 2009 by brokering a gas deal with Russia that is said to have lost $440 million.

If found guilty, Yulia Tymoshenko faces up to a decade in jail and would be disqualified from taking part in parliamentary elections next year and a presidential poll in 2015.

Western governments and European Union have expressed their concerns and warned Kyiv that the case against Yulia Tymoshenko may be seen as politically motivated.

“I am disturbed by the news about Court’s decision to detain former Prime Minister Tymoshenko. The context and conditions raise concern about the politically motivated nature of this decision, and about the application of the rule of law in Ukraine. I urge Ukraine to uphold the principles and common values that define our relationship and that form the core of the Eastern partnership”, says Jerzy Buzek, the President of the European Parliament.

Read Foreign Minister Carl Bildt’s article on Yulia Tymoshenko in Moscow Times

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