Speculation has been rife since only hours after inews of the suspension of the criminal investigation into the death of MP and businessman Shcherban which the Prosecutor General has himself claimed Yulia Tymoshenko is implicated in, the criminal investigation was reinstated
A psychoanalyst might assume that top Ukrainian officials were in a state of denial listening to their comments on the European Court of Human Rights judgment on Tymoshenko’s arrest, With the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement on the line, another diagnosis can be suggested for the distortions being heard
There have been clear messages from top-ranking EU representatives, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe [PACE], the US and others in the light of the European Court of Human Rights judgment on Yulia Tymoshenko’s arrest and pre-trial detention.
According to a s Razumkov Centre survey, an overwhelming majority of Ukrainians (69.4%) consider that President Yanukovych exerts personal influence on the courts and the activities of the law enforcement bodies.in the cases of Yulia Tymoshenko and Yury Lutsenko.
The European Court of Human Rights:has found three violations of Article 5 with respect to the former Prime Minister’s detention. Significantly, as with Yury Lutsenko, it has also ruled that there was violation of Article 18 in conjunction with Article 5. The latter effectively acknowledges motives other than those legitimate for her detention
The President’s site informs that the Pardon Commission has wheeled out the same flawed arguments in order to conclude that it would be “premature” to pardon former Prime Minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko
Dzerkalo Tyzhnya reports that from 22 April there were 18 appeals from prominent political, civic, cultural figures and sportsmen calling for the release of imprisoned former Prime Minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.
The letter signed by over thirty public figures and political analysts states that “the lack of a decision to free Yulia Tymoshenko demonstrates to the world community the undemocratic nature of the Ukrainian regime and is one of the main impediments to signing the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
On Thursday the European Parliament ratified visa liberalization measures for Ukrainians and heard the findings of the Cox-Kwaśniewski mission. Hanne Severinsen, however, warns that the mission must not be used as a cover for the Ukrainian regime