Independent Investigation By Top Washington Law Firm Upholds Tymoshenko Conviction and Says "No Evidence of Political Motivation

   Independent Investigation By Top Washington Law Firm Upholds Tymoshenko
          Conviction and Says "No Evidence of Political Motivation"

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KYIV, Ukraine, December 13, 2012

KYIV, Ukraine, December 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

An in-depth and six-month-long independent investigation led by the former
White House Counsel to President Barack Obama has concluded that the abuse of
office conviction of Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was
legitimate and that there is no evidence that the trial's verdict was
politically motivated.

The study by Washington law firm Skadden Arps and managed by Gregory Craig, a
former White House counsel for US President Barack Obama and the lead author,
concludes that Mrs Tymoshenko "has provided no factual evidence that would be
sufficient to overturn her conviction under European or American standards."

The report also concludes that Yulia Tymoshenko's disruptive conduct in court
would have been unacceptable in other countries and would likely have resulted
in a contempt of court finding in the United States.

"Our assignment," Mr. Craig was quoted on Thursday as telling The New York
Times, " was to look at the evidence in the record and determine whether the
trial was fair."

Mrs. Tymoshenko was convicted last year of abuse of office for having
improperly signed a $10 billion gas deal in 2009 with Russia's Gazprom. 

The Skadden Arps report documents how Mrs. Tymoshenko overstepped her
authority and violated Ukrainian law by ordering the head of Ukraine company
NAK Naftogaz to sign the hugely expensive gas deal with Gazprom even though
it lacked the legal approval from the Cabinet of Ministers. 

The Washington report also details how Mrs Tymoshenko, despite unanimous
opposition to the deal from her own Cabinet, threatened to fire the head of
NAK Naftogaz Ukraine if he did not sign the agreement. It also says that court
records show that she deceived the energy company "into believing that the
Cabinet of Ministers had approved the agreement after producing an official
looking document bearing her signature and the seal of Ukraine's Cabinet of
Ministers, despite the fact no such approval had been given."

Although the Skadden Arps report questions certain procedural decisions by the
judge, it concludes that these decisions were based on actions by Mrs.
Tymoshenko that were designed to disrupt the court's work.

Skadden also reports how the court concluded that Yulia Tymoshenko's actions
caused grave economic damage to Ukraine, since the Tymoshenko deal means its
citizens continue to pay the highest prices in Europe.

SOURCE Ukraine Monitor

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