The President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Petros Efthymiou, says there is increasing concern over the trial of former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko.

“I made my statement regarding the case of Yulia Tymoshenko in early August, but, unfortunately, the current situation is cause for even greater concern,” Petros Efthymiou said during a meeting today in Kyiv with representatives of the Ukrainian opposition.

Petros Efthymiou said that he plans to discuss the ex-premier’s case during all his meetings with representatives of the Ukrainian government, as he did today with Verkhovna Rada Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn.

He expressed hope that his talks and consultations with Ukraine’s leadership may help resolve the political crisis.

During the meeting, Hryhoriy Nemyria, deputy head of the Batkivshchyna Party, passed along greetings from Yulia Tymoshenko.

In August, Petros Efthymiou said that the arrest of ex-Premier Yulia Tymoshenko demonstrated the application of selective justice in Ukraine. “Along with other representatives of the international community I am carefully monitoring this trial and I would like to stress the need for fair, transparent and independent judicial processes that would help prevent the impression of a policy of selective justice,” he said.

The president of the OSCE PA didn’t rule out that politics were behind the case against Yulia Tymoshenko. “Although the charges against Tymoshenko are quite serious, no less serious are the suspicions that this trial is politically motivated,” he said.

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