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ECHR gives Yulia Tymoshenko’s second application priority status

The European Court of Human Rights has given priority status to Yulia Tymoshenko’s application regarding the violation of her right to a fair trial, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"The European court has begun separate proceedings in our application over the violation of article 6 – the right to a fair trial – and article 18 of the European convention, which essentially means recognizing political motives of persecution. This complaint, according to letters from the European Court [of Human Rights], will be treated as priority and we hope that we will soon have a judgment from the court in this case," Serhiy Vlasenko said in an interview with Radio Svoboda.

However, he didn’t say when he thinks the court will make a decision in the case. "Unlike the Pechersk court, which is willing to wear diapers and sit in court from 8am to 9pm without a break to hear the Tymoshenko case because Yanukovych said the case should be tried quickly (notice: not fairy, not justly, but quickly), the European court is a court of procedure. Unfortunately, the procedure is rather lengthy, making it difficult to predict. I would say that we’ll have to wait several months for a decision – not weeks, but also not years," he explained.

He believes the European court’s decision in this case could influence the trial involving United Energy Systems of Ukraine. "It all depends on the European court’s decision. The content of the court’s decision with regard to violation of article 6 can vary. In the high profile case of Fatullayev v. Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan citizen Fatullayev was released based on the European court’s decision. The court established that the only way to protect the rights of citizen Fatullayev was to demand that the state of Azerbaijan immediately release citizen Fatullayev," Serhiy Vlasenko said.

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