Pechersky District Court to consider US Embassy’s Request to visit Tymoshenko




The US Embassy’s Press Service has confirmed that it approached Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry asking for permission to visit Yulia Tymoshenko, former Prime Minister and leader of the opposition Batkivshchyna Party, in the SIZO [remand unit] where she has been held since Friday. The Ministry responded by saying that the request had been sent to the Pechersky District Court, but no decision has yet been received from the court.

On Monday 8 August there were a large number of foreign diplomats present at the court hearings into Yulia Tymoshenko’s case.

That same day the US State Department issued a second statement reiterating its concern. It is given below in full.

U.S. Department of State Press Briefing

Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner
Washington, DC
August 8, 2011

The United States wishes to reiterate its concerns over Friday’s arrest of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, concerns which have been voiced internationally as well.  Her arrest raises questions about the application of the rule of law in Ukraine and continues to contribute to the appearance of politically motivated prosecutions by the government.

We urge that Ms. Tymoshenko’s incarceration be reviewed and consideration be given to her immediate release.  We have made our concerns known to the Government of Ukraine and will continue to closely monitor the legal proceedings against Ms. Tymoshenko as well as other Ukrainian opposition figures. 

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