Political persecution is no election tactic
The ramifications for a country of politically motivated prosecutions are clear since any country with puppet courts is a danger to all, including those considering investing in the country (Please endorse an open appeal)
SBU investigators control visits to Tymoshenko in penal colony
The fact that the SBU investigators dictate visits and other aspects of Ms Tymoshenko’s regime highlights the grounds for concern over her transfer from the Kyiv detention centre to the Kachanivska Penal Colony in the Kharkiv region on 30 December.
Yulia Tymoshenko under 24-hour surveillance
The former Prime Minister and opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko is under 24-hour camera surveillance with the lights permanently on. This is apparently in accordance with the Law on Pre-trial Detention which makes her transfer to a Kharkiv region penal colony even less comprehensible
Zero Tolerance for Political Persecution in Ukraine
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EU awaits explanation regarding Yulia Tymoshenko’s transfer to a penal colony
Michael Mann, spokesperson for the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton pointed out that the EU had already stated that the trail had not met international standards of transparent and independent legal proceedings
Tymoshenko appeal verdict read out in full in defence’s absence
“Claims that evidence was inadmissible and that the investigation was incomplete are unfounded”, the presiding judge Olena Sitailo read out from the ruling. This stated that neither the investigators nor the court examination had committed any significant infringements of the law.
More witnesses testify in Lutsenko’s favour
One of the two witnesses called on Tuesday gave quite different evidence from that at pre-trial interrogation stage. The court later adjourned until 12 January
Court in Strasbourg to examine both Lutsenko and Tymoshenko cases
The stated intention by Yulia Tymoshenko’s defence to bypass cassation appeal level is dangerous, Yevhen Zakharov warns, and could lead to the European Court of Human Rights rejecting the application as inadmissible
Questions for the President on the first anniversary of Yury Lutsenko’s arrest
Some of the questions not asked at the President’s latest press conference regarding one of the politically motivated trials which make a farce of justice and the rule of law in Ukraine
Jerzy Buzek on the upholding of Yulia Tymoshenko’s prison sentence
"The selective application of the rule of law in the Tymoshenko-case leaves little doubt about its politically motivated nature. The further Ukraine distances itself from the rule of law inherent to democratic systems, the greater the strain will inevitably be on its relationshsip with the EU"
Catherine Ashton on the outcome of Yulia Tymoshenko’s appeal
"The High Representative wishes to express her concern that the appeals process did not adequately address failings in the original trial of Mrs Tymoshenko, a trial which did not respect international standards as regards fair, transparent and independent legal processes"
Ivashchenko not receiving medical care
According to his wife, former Acting Minister of Defence in Yulia Tymoshenko’s government,, Valery Ivashchenko is not receiving medical treatment either in the SIZO [detention centre] where he has been held in custody for 18 months, or outside it.
What words can bid farewell to a person whose life made it impossible to sink into misanthropic negativity and cynical hopelessness? His – in defence of political prisoners, in affirmation of freedom
TYMOSHENKO SENTENCE UPHELD
The Kyiv Court of Appeal has just upheld the sentence passed on 11 October against former Prime Minister and opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko over the 2009 gas accords with Russia.
Parliament refuses to consider decriminalizing norm under which Tymoshenko convicted
The governing majority has once again refused to consider removing the norm on abuse of office which was used in the prosecution of Yulia Tymoshenko over the 2009 gas accords with Russia
Lutsenko trial: Witness sees nothing wrong in celebrating Police Day
The latest witness in the trial of Yury Lutsenko, former Minister of Internal Affairs and leader of the People’s Self-Defence Party, has said that there was no difference in preparing and holding the festivities to mark Police Day in 2008 and 2009 from previous years
Court upholds second detention order against Yulia Tymoshenko
The Kyiv Court of Appeal has upheld the decision by the Shevchenkivsky District Court to remand her in custody over new charges of embezzlement of public funding through United Energy Systems of Ukraine and the case is being run by the Security Service
Ivashchenko moved to the SIZO medical unit
Former Acting Minister of Defence in Yulia Tymoshenko’s government,, Valery Ivashchenko, has been placed in the medical unit of the SIZO or detention centre where he has been held since August 2010
Appeal – and Yulia Tymoshenko’s medical diagnosis – in her absence
On Tuesday the panel of judges hearing former Prime Minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko’s appeal rejected the defence’s application for the presiding judge Olena Sitailo to be withdrawn after she read out Ms Tymoshenko’s medical diagnosis