Tymoshenko Files Conviction Appeal After Human Rights Ruling

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko filed a new court appeal in her home country to have her conviction overturned after the European Court of Human Rights ruled her pre-trial detention was unreasonable.

The appeal in Kiev first needs to be heard by the First High Specialized Court before it is passed to the Supreme Court, her attorney, Serhiy Vlasenko, said today in a statement on Tymoshenko’s website. The government so far has not used its three-month right to challenge the April 30 ruling by the Strasbourg-based court.

“We are looking forward to when our appeal would be passed on during the next 15 days,” Vlasenko said.

Tymoshenko was convicted in October 2011 of abusing her power as prime minister by signing a 2009 natural-gas agreement with Russia that President Viktor Yanukovych says costs his country $6 billion a year more than it should. She denies wrongdoing, saying the Ukrainian leader engineered the charges to silence her opposition views.

Tymoshenko’s imprisonment before last year’s parliamentary elections is an example of selective justice, according to the European Union, which has delayed signing a pact to bolster ties with Ukraine because of the case.

Yanukovych, whose 2004 victory in a presidential ballot was overturned during the Orange Revolution that Tymoshenko helped lead, has accused the former premier of involvement in crimes including a murder.

The EU has told Yanukovych to resolve issues of selective justice by May in order to sign a so-called Association Agreement that includes a free-trade accord in November in Lithuania, when the country holds the EU’s rotating presidency.

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