EUROPEAN COURT RULING - TYMOSHENKO RIGHTS VIOLATED

30.04.13


Tymoshenko

Ukraine's pre-trial detention of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in 2011 was "arbitrary and unlawful" and her right to a legal review was violated, European judges have ruled.According to the Associated Press, a Ukrainian government official stormed out of the courtroom after Tuesday's ruling. The judgment is not final as the parties involved have three months to lodge any appeal.The Strasbourg-based ECHR found that Tymoshenko's detention ahead of her trial had violated her right to liberty and security because it had been ordered for an indefinite period of time. "No risk of absconding was discernible," it said, noting that the former prime minister had not breached her obligation not to leave town or failed to attend a court hearing. The Ukrainian trial judge, Rodion Kireyev, had ordered her to spend the trial in custody for contempt of court. However, the ECHR judges ruled that this "reason was not included among those which would justify deprivation of liberty". While not ruling explicitly that her detention had been politically motivated, the ECHR noted that Tymoshenko had accused the authorities of detaining her to remove her from political life.To read more, click here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22351931


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