U.S. State Dept: American lawyers didn’t consider the political motivation behind Yulia Tymoshenko's conviction
The report by lawyers from the American firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom that was commissioned by the Ukrainian government ignores the political motives behind the trial and conviction of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Victoria Nuland has said, according to Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.
"By confining themselves to simply looking at the paper trial records and ignoring the larger political context in which the trial took place, our concern is that Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom lawyers were obviously not going to find political motivation if they weren’t looking for it," Victoria Nuland said at the December 13 press briefing in Washington, DC.
Victoria Nuland said the report also "fails to consider the selective nature of the trials, those who were chosen for trials against Tymoshenko and her – and former members of her government."
The State Department spokesperson stressed that the U.S. administration’s position on selective prosecutions in Ukraine remains unchanged. "Whoever commissioned this study, whatever the mandate for the study was, it was incomplete and doesn’t give an accurate picture," she added.