MEP calls for release of Yulia Tymoshenko

10:02, 07 August 2013
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Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament (EP) Elmar Brok is calling on the Ukrainian government to release former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"Today, two years ago Yulia Tymoshenko was wrongfully arrested, as stated by the European Court of Human Rights three months ago. She was finally convicted to seven years in prison after a dubious trial," Elmar Brok said in a statement released by his press service.

He said her prosecution was a clear case of selective justice and can not be accepted. "Two years after the arrest it is time to eliminate this example of selective justice and release Tymoshenko from prison," he stressed.

Elmar Brok also said he was "appalled by the behavior of the socialist delegation and the Hungarian MEP Zita Gurmai, who gained Tymoshenko’s trust under false pretenses and who gave inappropriate and amateurish assessments about Tymoshenko’s state of health."

"I am also appalled by the acceptance of selective justice by the socialist MEP. This must be linked to the communist tradition of her party," the MEP added.

On July 31 Yulia Tymoshenko was visited by a delegation from the European Parliament accompanied by Party of Regions MP Oleksandr Feldman. Yulia Tymoshenko was told that the meeting would be with former EP President Pat Cox and former Polish Prime Minister Alexander Kwasniewski.

These deputies then made false statements to the press about Yulia Tymoshenko’s health and her position regarding Ukraine’s integration with the EU.

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