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31.12.2011

EU awaits explanation regarding Yulia Tymoshenko’s transfer to a penal colony

   

UNIAN reports Michael Mann, spokesperson for the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton as saying that the EU wants to see transparency from the Ukrainian authorities regarding the conditions former Prime Minister and leader of the opposition Batkivshchyna Party is being held in as well as an explanation regarding her transfer to a penal colony on Friday morning.

He said that the EU had noted that Yulia Tymoshenko had been transferred to a colony in the East of the country, and stressed that “given the strong international concern that already exists around this case, we urge the authorities to ensure that decisions regarding the conditions of Mrs. Tymoshenko’s detention are made transparently and in accordance with international standards. The EU urgently seeks further explanations from the Ukrainian authorities, ”

Mr Mann reiterated concern over the risk of politically motivated justice and called the Tymoshenko case the most glaring case of this.

He pointed out that the EU had already stated that the trail had not met international standards of transparent and independent legal proceedings. 
As reported, Yulia Tymoshenko was transferred early on Friday morning to the Kachanivka Women’s Penal Colony №54 in Kharkiv.

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