Ukraine: Court “discontinues” examination of Tymoshenko human rights complaint

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko’s second complaint to the European Court of Human Rights has been discontinued, it has been confirmed.

The European Court of Human Rights decided unanimously, on 16 December 2014, to strike the application Tymoshenko v. Ukraine – no. 2 (application no. 65656/12) out of its list of cases pursuant to Article 39 (friendly settlements) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The decision is final.

The case – the second application brought by the former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko before the ECHR – mainly concerned the criminal proceedings brought against her in April 2011 relating to contracts for the supply of gas.

The court took note of the Ukrainian government’s declaration in which it admitted that the criminal prosecution of Tymoshenko had been politically motivated and in which they acknowledged a violation of her convention rights, and of various measures taken by the government as a consequence of those violations.

Following Tymoshenko’s agreement to the terms of that declaration, the Court considered that it implied a friendly settlement between the parties and therefore found no reason to continue its examination of the case.

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