European Court could deliver judgment in Yulia Tymoshenko’s second case by year’s end

09:20, 18 July 2013
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Yulia Tymoshenko’s defender Serhiy Vlasenko expects the European Court of Human Rights to consider Yulia Tymoshenko’s second case rather quickly, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"According to procedure, the Ukrainian government must provide the European Court with a response within 16 weeks. This is standard procedure and the deadline is October 23, 2013. Afterwards, the defense provides its arguments to the government’s response. We will do this within a week or two. After this, we can expect a judgment from the European Court at any time," Serhiy Vlasenko said.

The defender also underscored that hearing procedures don’t set definite dates for the announcement of the ruling, but that he expects the case will be reviewed rather quickly. "In my opinion, this will be very fast by European Court standards, and we’re very grateful to the court for this," he said.

Serhiy Vlasenko recalled that Yulia Tymoshenko filed her second application with the European Court arguing that her trial in the gas case was unfair in November 2012 after all Ukrainian procedures for appealing the decision of the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv were exhausted.

The European Court of Human Rights announced on July 15 that it has begun looking into the second application by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

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