Press Release - Tymoshenko prevails in European Court case

The European Court of Human Rights case brought by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko against the government of Ukraine has been settled.


Ms Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison for ‘abuse of power’ in a trial that was blatantly politically motivated and lacked basic due process guarantees.  After her release in February 2014, Ukraine issued a declaration admitting that the criminal prosecution against Ms Tymoshenko had been politically motivated and acknowledged a violation of her rights guaranteed by Articles 3, 6, 7, 8 and 13 in connection with Article 8 of the Convention, Article 18 in connection with Articles 6, 8 and 10 of the Convention, and Article 4 of Protocol No. 7. Ukraine also informed the Court about various measures taken as a consequence of the violations that the government admitted had occurred in her case.


Following Ms Tymoshenko’s agreement to this declaration, the Strasbourg court unanimously decided to discontinue its examination of the case and on 22 January 2015 the Court announced that it had removed the case from its docket.


Geoffrey Robertson QC and Amal Clooney represented Ms Tymoshenko in the case, along with Ukrainian counsel Sergei Vlasenko. 

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