Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko's defense team is seeking legal opportunity to lodge a complaint against the verdict in the gas supply case with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) without cassation in Ukraine.

"We are now looking for an opportunity to go to the European Court," Tymoshenko's defense counsel Serhiy Vlasenko told Interfax-Ukraine on Friday.

State Prosecutor Lilia Frolova doubts that the European Court of Human Rights will accept a complaint by Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko against the verdict in the gas supply case, until there is no ruling of a court of cassation.

"As far as I know, one needs to go through courts of all instances in the state (before one can file a complaint with the ECHR). This will be up to the European Court whether to take the case for consideration," the prosecutor told reporters on Friday after the Kyiv Court of Appeals upheld the sentence imposed by the Kyiv Pechersky Court on Tymoshenko, who has been sentenced to seven years in prison for exceeding her powers when signing the gas supply contracts with Russia in 2009.

Under the law, the cassation against the decision of the Court of Appeal in this case should be filed to the Supreme Specialized Court in charge of civil and criminal cases.

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