The European People’s Party (EPP) and its President, Wilfried Martens, has strongly condemned the decision of Ukraine's Pechersk court to sentence Yulia Tymoshenko to 7 years in jail:
“Unfortunately, the court process during the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko, repeatedly violated human rights and, furthermore, the behavior of the judge demonstrated that courts in Ukraine are not independent and are used to eliminate political opponents,” EPP President Wilfried Martens declared in a statement, sent to the Ukrainain press.

“The court process and the decision is shameful for a country that has European aspirations and the ambition to sign an Association Agreement. The promise of President Yanukovych to European leaders to release political prisoners in order for them to stand for the elections, has yet to be fulfilled, which makes EU cooperation with the Ukrainian authorities extremely problematic,” underlined the EPP President.

“Needless to say, I will discuss the state of democracy and human rights in Ukraine at the next EPP Summit in order to decide whether we proceed with the Association Agreement, but after today's court decision, I think we should suspend the signing of the Agreement with Ukraine,” President Martens added.

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