Jerzy Buzek: ECHR could release Yulia Tymoshenko
Yulia Tymoshenko could be released through a decision of the European Court of Human Rights or amnesty, says former European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.
"There are ways to deal with the situation. For example, there is the possibility of amnesty. You already mentioned the European Court of Human Rights. I think that in this particular case we will have the court’s ruling in a few months, and they will not deliberate very long. This is also not a bad solution to this situation," Buzek said in an interview with BBC Ukraine radio.
The MEP believes judicial reform is necessary in Ukraine and should include the creation of a special court to investigate the activities of senior officials. "In the European Court, from the point of view of the law and the point of view of tradition, we treat similar cases as the investigation of the activities of senior officials, not ordinary criminals. There is even a special court for such cases. Obviously, we’re talking about political responsibility, not criminal. And we see the difference between similar cases," he explained.
"In the case of Yulia Tymoshenko, the case was heard in an ordinary court that hears ordinary criminal cases. Therefore, the results of the work of this court can’t be satisfactory, even from the point of view of the conduct of the investigation and trial. I stress: it’s not the verdict but the trial. If it was filled with errors from the beginning, then it’s result can’t be satisfactory. If Ukraine wants to achieve compatibility with the EU, it has to change this law and reform the justice system in general. Of course this is your own choice because you are an independent state," stressed Buzek.