AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: TYMOSHENKO'S JAILING IS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED.

11.10.11


Amnesty International has demanded the immediate release of Yulia Tymoshenko and has labelled the charges proferred against her as being "illegitimate".

Europe and Central Asia Deputy Programme Director of Amnesty International, John Dalhuisen, said today:

“The prosecution against Yulia Tymoshenko is politically-motivated. The charges against her are not internationally recognisable offences, they are attempts to criminalize decisions that she made in the course of her work. Poor political decisions of this kind – if that is what they were – should be punished by voters, not through courts. Her conviction on these charges is illegitimate and she should be immediately released.” 

“The trial against Yulia Tymoshenko highlights systemic problems within the justice system in Ukraine, and the conduct of this trial casts doubt over the independence of the judiciary.  Yulia Tymoshenko must be released and all charges against her must be dropped".

Amnesty International reports that there are two further cases pending against Tymoshenko.

On 30 December 2010 she was charged with abuse of office over the receipt of £156.6m from the sale of a greenhouse gas quota to a Japanese company.  She has also been charged with having delayed signing an order in December 2009 for the customs clearance of 1000 Opel Combo cars -  a delay which allegedly resulted in a budget loss of £2.9m.




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