Ukrainian Canadian Congress condemns decision in Tymoshenko case
Ottawa, Canada – The Ukrainian Canadian community is deeply disturbed by the verdict handed down by the Pechersk district Court in Kyiv in the trial against the former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Mrs. Yulia Tymoshenko.
On Oct.11 Mrs. Yulia Tymoshenko was found guilty of exceeding her authority while prime minister. She has been sentenced to 7 years incarceration and a 3-year ban from holding public office for having signed a gas deal with the Russian Federation that is “unfavourable to Ukraine” during her term in office. Her defence has 15 days to appeal the decision.
“The Ukrainian Canadian Congress calls on the Government of Canada to formally and publicly express its concern and dismay as to the process and verdict in this case. Canada must urge Ukrainian authorities to ensure a fair, transparent and impartial process in any appeal in the case of Mrs Tymoshenko and in the other trials related to members of the former Government,” stated UCC National President Paul Grod. “The right of appeal should not be compromised by imposing limitations on the defendants’ ability to stand in future elections in Ukraine, including the parliamentary elections scheduled for next year.”