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23 July 2014 19:05

German MP calls former environmental minister Filipchuk's sentence politically motivated

KYIV, April 6 /UKRINFORM/. The sentencing of Ukraine's former Minister of Environment Heorhiy Pilipchuk proves the politically motivated nature of Ukrainian justice, member of the Bundestag (Alliance '90/Green Party) and PACE Monitoring Committee Viola von Cramon told the Berlin-based UKRINFORM reporter.

"A sentence passed on Heorhiy Filipchuk confirms the existence of politically motivated justice in Ukraine, which continues to defy the rule of law," said the German parliamentarian. According to her, yet this week has she addressed with a letter to President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych asking "to ensure honest trial for Mr. Filipchuk".

"I urge the German government also to advocate for the release of Filipchuk as strongly as for the release of Yulia Tymoshenko,” said the representative of the opposition faction in the German parliament. Viola von Cramon believes that the current treatment of the Ukrainian government with the opposition would prevent the conclusion of an association agreement with the EU in the near future.

As reported, on Thursday Solomensky District Court of Kyiv sentenced former Minister of Environmental Protection Heorhiy Filipchuk to three years in prison for abuse of power.

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