OSCE Chairperson urges respect for fair trial standards in Tymoshenko case
Vilnius, 8 August 2011 – The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Ažubalis, today expressed concern over the decision of a Kyiv court to detain former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko, in a telephone conversation with the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Kostyantyn Gryshchenko.
Ažubalis stressed that the international community is following this trial closely. He underscored the need for transparent and fair judicial processes, and noted that Ukraine, as an OSCE participating State, has made a commitment to ensure that everyone receives a fair trial.
Ukraine is preparing to take over the OSCE Chairmanship in 2013.