EU High Representative, Catherine Ashton, and Commissioner Stefan Füle have expressed their regret over the rejection of former Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko’s cassation appeal and reiterate concern over the trial which did not respect international standards
The rejection on Wednesday of Yury Lutsenko;s cassation appeal means that his defence is now able to apply to the European Court of Human Rights. It makes the chances of the EU being prepared to sign the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement that much more remote.
Attempts to prosecute former opposition parliamentary candidate, Viktor Romanyuk, who was the clear leader until Party of the Regions candidate Zasukha got results in some polling precincts cancelled make any assurances given at the summit seem depressingly empty
On Wednesday Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe met with Yevhenia Tymoshenko, daughter of the imprisoned former Prime Minister and Iryna Lutsenko, MP and wife of imprisoned ex-Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko.
The Justice Ministry has confirmed that it held the “tender” for the services of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates for services in the case of Tymoshenko v. Ukraine after the services were provided.
Viktor Romanyuk would have won the parliamentary elections from the opposition, had another court not allowed applications from the Party of the Regions candidate, Zasukha and cancelled the results at some polling stations
Just weeks after Judge Rodion Kireyev, who sentenced Yulia Tymoshenko to 7 years imprisonment in 2011 became Acting Deputy Head of the Pechersky District Court, Lilia Frolova, one of the prosecution team, has become a Deputy Prosecutor General
In a particularly worrying development, Viktor Romanyuk who recently stood for election to parliament from the opposition Batkivshchyna Party in the problematical single-mandate electoral district No. 94, has been arrested in Italy