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EU Statement following the verdict against Yury Lutsenko

28.02.12 | eeas.europa.eu

Statement by High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Štefan Füle on the verdict of Yuriy Lutsenko in Ukraine 

We are disappointed with the verdict against Mr Lutsenko which signals the continuation of trials in Ukraine which do not respect international standards as regards fair, transparent and independent legal process.

We recall that the EU-Ukraine Summit of 19 December stated that respect for the Rule of Law will be of crucial importance for the speed of Ukraine’s political association and economic integration with the EU. We also note the recent resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the functioning of democratic institutions in Ukraine.

We will continue to monitor closely developments related to the appeals process of Mr Lutsenko, the review of the case of Mrs Yulia Tymoshenko by the Court of Appeal,  and proceedings in the case of the former Acting Minister of Defence, Valeriy Ivashchenko,  as well as in other similar cases. 

see also:
PACE statement on the deteriorating situation of imprisoned politicians
Ukraine’s Slide
U.S. OSCE Statement on Lutsenko
Former ECHR Judge believes Strasbourg will order Lutsenko’s release
On Ukrainian MFA’s unwarranted attack on Ambassador Pinto Teixeira
“Everything is being done to kill Lutsenko”
US and EU condemnation of Lutsenko verdict
Ukraine: PACE President calls for the release of Yuriy Lutsenko
Lutsenko Verdict still further dismantles the rule of law in Ukraine
PACE rapporteur says former Ukrainian Interior Minister is ‘victim of a political vendetta’
Investigators in trials of opposition leaders promoted
Lutsenko can lodge another suit against Pshonka in the USA
Danish Helsinki Committee on the sentence against Yuriy Lutsenko
Strasbourg to hold public hearing in Lutsenko case
Human rights monitors slam Prosecutor’s demand in Lutsenko case
Lutsenko claims witness in his favour was dismissed from MIA
Lutsenko alleges criminal offence and defamation by Prosecutor General’s Office Investigator
Lutsenko alleges 2 witnesses’ protocols falsified