Friday, June 15, 2012
Yanukovych no longer credible
Today's 'Segodnya' claims:
"Yanukovych has decided to pardon Tymoshenko - the former prime minister will be released from prison after all court proceedings."
They base their assertion on this portion of Yanukovych's recent interview in 'Time' magazine:
Q...the Tymoshenko case is also a problem for Ukraine. European leaders have demanded her release, and they have moved to freeze ties with Ukraine until she goes free. That is a serious problem. Why are you unable to resolve it?
A. People have come asking me for various resolutions. The simplest resolution is just to let Tymoshenko go. My reaction to that is this: I can’t act outside the framework of the law … The President does not have such instruments. I have to do everything by the letter of the law. So when could these questions [of her release] arise? They can arise when the legal process is finished. When it is finished, when the courts have made their decisions, including the European Court of Human Rights, then it is in the President’s authority to grant a pardon. And if this time comes, there is a procedure for this. But until the courts have made their decision, in a transparent, legal and procedurally sound way, I do not have the power to do this.
Q. But do you want to?
A. Of course. Of course I do....
A couple of days ago he claimed she participated in murder.. [see previous blog]
The man is no longer credible..