Tymoshenko: I will defend myself in international courts

11:23, 11 May 2011
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Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said that she intends to go through all the stages of appealing her criminal prosecution in Ukrainian courts in order to be able to seek protection of her rights in international courts, according to Official website of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"Knowing that Ukrainian courts can not be relied upon, we want to go through all levels of the Ukrainian courts as quickly as possible to be able to go to international courts as quickly as possible, and there to actually prove our legal position and that I as prime minister never broke the law and acted strictly in the interests of Ukraine," Yulia Tymoshenko said to journalists today.

In her opinion, her judicial appeal of the resolution of the Prosecutor General’s Office will also demonstrate the essence of Yanukovych’s so-called reform. "Yanukovych has made all judges and all the courts completely dependent on one person - the president of Ukraine, and today all the judges either render such decisions which the authorities require them to, or, unfortunately, will be simply dismissed from their posts. Today, thanks to Yanukovych’s so-called reforms. Themis has a sword in one hand, and in the other - a cell phone instead of scales, to get direct calls from the Presidential Administration," she said.

Yulia Tymoshenko believes that her appeal to the Ukrainian courts will also demonstrate to society the real state of justice in Ukraine. In her opinion, the public can see the cynical, cruel and unjust political repression imposed by the authorities against their opponents. "I want people to see that my actions do not constitute a crime," she added.

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