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Ukraine: Yanukovych Rejects Pardoning Tymoshenko

Published: April 11, 2013; 20:29 · (Vindobona)

President Yanokovych does not consider a pardoning as long as trials continue.

Ukraine: Yanukovych Rejects Pardoning Tymoshenko / Picture: © Flickr / Viktor Yanukovych Grece 2011

After the surprising pardoning of former Ukraine Interior Minister Juri Luzenko, President Viktor Yanukovych has rejected amnesty for opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. According to media reports in, the head of state explained that as long as the trials against Tymoshenko were not completet, a pardoning was not possible.

After the release of Tymoshenko’s confidant last Sunday, lawyers and human rights activists once more appealed for pardoning the sick former head of covernment.

The 52-year-old Tymoshenko has to defend herself in a controversial process, which should be continued on Friday, against the accusation of tax evasion. Furthermore the prosecution intends to charge Tymoshenko of contract killing. Because of abuse of authority, she has been serving seven years in prison.

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