Higher Specialized Court upholds Tymoshenko's sentence of 7 years in gas case
The Higher Specialized Court of Ukraine for Civil and Criminal Cases has upheld the sentencing of former Ukrainian Premier Yulia Tymoshenko to seven years in prison for signing gas supply contracts.
According to an Interfax-Ukraine reporter, the court pronounced the ruling on Wednesday.
Thus, the court did not satisfy the appeal of Tymoshenko's defense team against lower courts' verdicts on the case.
"The panel of judges rules to leave unchanged the verdict of Pechersky District Court in Kyiv and the ruling of the Court of Appeals," reads the court's ruling.
The motivation of the ruling reads that the punishment selected for the ex-minister in the gas case corresponds to the seriousness of her crime.
"The pre-trial investigatory agencies and the court did not make any violations due to which the verdict could be changed… the punishment is in line with the seriousness of the crime," the reporting judge said while reading aloud the motivation.
In addition, the court ruled that there is no reason to think that Tymoshenko was deprived of her right to a defense.
The panel of judges ruled that Tymoshenko's rights were not violated and she herself refused to deliver a final speech in the trial court. The judges also ruled that Kyiv Court of Appeals had reason to consider Tymoshenko's appeal in her absence.