Tymoshenko: decision on my release to be made only under international pressure

10:55, 24 April 2012
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Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko believes the High Specialized Court for Civic and Criminal Cases will grant her appeal of the illegal ruling in the so-called ’gas case’ only as a result of international pressure, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"What nice and grand words - High Specialized Court, cassation, final decision! They`re all metaphors. This will never actually happen in Ukraine. Especially now. We don’t have a High Specialized Court but a native brother of Prosecutor General Pshonka; not cassation but profanity; not a final decision but the result of international pressure on Yanukovych to stop the aggression against the opposition. If they push and succeed, on May 15 I will be free. If they don’t, both Pshonkas will do what Yanukovych says," Yulia Tymoshenko said in an interview with Dzerkalo Tyzhnia.

The ex-premier stressed that she believes her free future is tied to the decision of the European Court of Human Rights ad the victory by the opposition in the parliamentary elections in October. "We’re going to put our hope in the decision of the European Court of Human Rights, victory in the parliamentary elections and organized actions by Ukrainians in defense of freedom and life. But I can say for certain that regardless of whether I am free or here behind bars, I will never let anyone turn Ukraine in a dark fiefdom of the local Cosa Nostra," she said.

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