"Moreover, I would like this case to be finally finished, but I cannot take personal responsibility on this. Judicial system is independent in Ukraine, and trying to interfere would be a crime from my side," the President noted, he told the final press conference of the year, ForUm correspondent reports.
He also pointed out that if the parliament adopts a corresponding law, the matter can be different, but he will always respect the court decision. "Tymoshenko's case should move from political plane to juridical one. It's a shame Yulia Volodymyrovna has politicized the situation that much," Yanukovych said.
"It is obvious that her actions as of PM harmed Ukraine, and if it is proved she must be brought to account," he said. Once again Yanukovych underlined he has no right to interfere with the process. "What was I supposed to do? To forbid the law enforcements to hold investigation? What grounds did I have for this? The only thing I demanded was transparency of the process, as the case is being studied by the society and specialists," he explained.
Yanukovych also underlined that Tymoshenko herself did not want to decriminalize the article. "When the draft bill on decriminalization of economic crimes, including article 365, was first submitted to the parliament, the opposition accused the majority of try to avoid responsibility in the future. Hence the idea was rejected," Yanukovych said.
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