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Former ECHR Judge believes Strasbourg will order Lutsenko’s release
Volodymyr Butkevych, former Judge from Ukraine at the European Court of Human Rights (1997-2008)
Volodymyr Butkevych, former Judge from Ukraine at the European Court of Human Rights (1997-2008) believes that the European Court will most likely issue a judgment ordering the release of the former Minister of Internal Affairs, Yury Lutsenko.
He says that the Court in Strasbourg will not allow any country to not observe even minimum standards. In this case, as in the case of Yulia Tymoshenko, the argument that there is such legislation in Ukraine and nothing they can do about it will not be considered good arguments. Ukraine has ratified the European Convention and it has become part of Ukraine’s legislation, together with a law on implementing European Court judgments.
Asked about the possible reaction from European institutions to the Court in Strasbourg finding the cases of Lutsenko and Tymoshenko to be politically motivated, Mr Butkevych said that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is awaiting the court judgment.
“They don’t want to pre-empt the court, don’t want to pass some kind of decisions which could influence the court. I have no doubt that in the cases of Tymoshenko and Lutsenko violations will be found. Then there’ll be sanctions. And if in Ukraine they think that sanctions just mean that they’ll simply oblige a domestic court to review the rulings in the cases and that’s all, this is not the case because the sanctions will be serious,