PACE intends to discuss with Yanukovych political avenues to resolve issue of Tymoshenko's imprisonment

10:05, 30 August 2012
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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) co-rapporteurs for Ukraine intend to visit Ukraine before the next Assembly part-session in order to discuss possible political avenues to resolve the issue of the imprisonment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, according to Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"President Yanukovych has made it clear to the co-rapporteurs that he would be ready to intervene in this case if her appeal was rejected by the Court of Cassation. We therefore call upon him to keep his word without delay in order to resolve the issue of the imprisoned former government members. These cases should not be allowed to overshadow the upcoming elections," the co-rapporteurs for Ukraine, Mailis Reps (Estonia) and Marietta de Pourbaix-Lundin (Sweden), said in a statement published on the PACE website.

The European politicians expressed their deep disappointment with the Court of Cassation rejection of the appeal by Yulia Tymoshenko against her conviction in the gas case. "The Assembly has stated on several occasions that her conviction in the gas case amounts to the criminalization of normal political decision-making. Given the many questions that have been raised with regard to the Court proceedings that led to her conviction, we – as well as many other friends of Ukraine – had expected that the Court of Cassation would accept her appeal," they said.

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