US: Ukraine should release Yulia Tymoshenko
The U.S. Government is disappointed by the High Specialized Court’s decision in Yulia Tymoshenko’s appeal and continues to call for her release and the restoration of her civil and political rights, according to Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.
"We’re disappointed by this decision. We have, as you know, repeatedly raised our concerns about politically motivated persecutions of opposition leaders and former government officials in Ukraine, including Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko. We continue to urge the Government of Ukraine to free Mrs. Tymoshenko and other members of the government and to restore their full political and civil rights," U.S. State Departments spokesperson Victoria Nuland said at a press briefing in Washington, DC, on August 29.
Nuland stressed that the U.S. has consistently expressed concern about the way the trials have been conducted, the base of evidence, the judicial process, and the treatment of Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko. "We’re not just talking about a singular event here. We’re talking about the whole way justice has been applied in these cases and our concern that they are politically motivated and not rooted firmly in Ukrainian law," Nuland added.