Thursday, 1 September 2011

Senator McCain And President Martens Urge For The Release Of Yulia Tymoshenko

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Senator John McCain and the President of the European People's Party (EPP) Wilfried Martens, jointly called on Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office to release on bail Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of the Batkivshchyna Party and former Prime Minister, following her dubious detention on August 5, 2011.
Ukraine has just celebrated twenty years since its independence from Soviet rule.

During these years, the Ukrainian people have been working hard to consolidate democratic freedoms and to anchor their country in Euro-Atlantic structures.

For example Ukraine's membership and current chairmanship of the Council of Europe - the pan-European organization that promotes human rights, democratic development, and the rule of law - is a great achievement of the Ukrainian nation.

Yet, today we are witnessing certain practices from the Ukrainian authorities that are reminiscent of pre-independence rule.

The current trial of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the judicial practices surrounding this trail, is increasingly seen as selective prosecution of members of the opposition in Ukraine.

Thus, we jointly call on the authorities to release on bail Yulia Tymoshenko.

We expect that her bail conditions will be on par with the bail standards of countries of the European Union, which Ukraine seeks to be associated with.

Furthermore, we urge the authorities to allow Yulia Tymoshenko to exercise her constitutional right to be examined by a doctor of her choice.

The EPP is the largest and most influential European-level political party of the centre right, which currently includes 74 member-parties from 39 countries, the Presidents of the European Commission, European Council, and European Parliament, 17 EU and 6 non-EU heads of state and government, 13 members of the European Commission and the largest Group in the European Parliament.

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