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Arkady Bushchenko to represent Yulia Tymoshenko in the European Court

15.07.2011    source:


Arkady Bushchenko, Kharkiv Human Rights Group Legal specialist and Head of the Board of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union will be representing former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the European Court of Human Rights.

Arkady specializes in human rights, criminal and administrative cases. Over the last 10 years he has represented applicants in around 50 cases in Strasbourg, and has not lost any.

In the Case of Afanasyev v. Ukraine from 5 April 2005, the Court found that there had been a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of torture and ill-treatment).  In the more recent case of Lazarenko v. Ukraine, the prosecution case had been built on a confession obtained through the use of torture.

Arkady Bushchenko is quoted as having told the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda in Ukraine that he regards the Tymoshenko case as one that cannot be lost.

“It is interesting from the legal point of view which is why I accepted it. It is bad luck to guess how a trial will go, but I think that during the court proceedings we will present pretty serious arguments.”

The time frame for examination of cases can vary from several months to several years, however the Court plans to complete its consideration by the end of autumn.

“I hope that we will receive the European Court judgement in two or three months. We are for the moment interested in the judgement itself, it is not a question of material compensation.” Arkady Bushchenko explained. 

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