Yulia Tymoshenko’s application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) concerning the violation of her right to a fair trial in the gas case will be lodged with the court early next week, lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko has said, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.
"The application will be filed on Monday or Tuesday. We are currently reading through the text, reviewing the attachments, and adding some nuances based on the hearing that already took place in the European Court of Human Rights," said Serhiy Vlasenko.
The lawyer hopes that based on the new application the court will require Ukraine to release Yulia Tymoshenko, as in the case of Fatullayev v. Azerbaijan.
"There is an obvious similarity between Tymoshenko v. Ukraine and Fatullayev v. Azerbaijan. Citizen Fatullayev didn’t commit the crimes that his country's government accused him of, and the charges put forward were fabricated and unsubstantiated. The Azeri government invented three or four criminal cases against him, including possession of narcotics, because journalist Fatullayev wrote articles about Nagorno-Karabakh, in the same way that the Ukrainian government has invented cases against Tymoshenko. This was their attempt to discredit the journalist, just like they are now trying to discredit Yulia Tymoshenko in Ukraine," he explained.
"In this case the European court delivered a direct verdict – the only way to protect the applicant’s right is to require the state to release him immediately," he added.