The justice system is being tested for its ability to fight corruption, terror and lawlessness

22:34 11.12.2017

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko has appealed to the presiding judge of Kyiv’s Pechersk District Court to not be a party to the systematic repression of opposition leaders and destruction of the opposition, and therefore not impose any pretrial restrictions on former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

“There is great faith in you as a judge, and therefore I ask for the highest level of fairness and justice – do not impose any preventive measures against the third President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, because this will amount to complicity in the terror currently being used against the opposition,” Yulia Tymoshenko said during today’s hearing where the court is to decide on a preventive measure for the former Georgian leader.

The politician said this was a clear case of the current authorities “fabricating terror against opposition leader Saakashvili and his team” for opposing them and exposing corruption.

“As a citizen of Ukraine, Saakashvili ended up in opposition because he does not adhere to double standards and is not ready to accept what is happening in Ukraine, and especially in the highest levels of government,” the parliamentarian emphasized.

The Batkivshchyna Leader said today’s court process is a “litmus test” as to whether rule of law took root in Ukraine after two revolutions, whether there are just courts and independent, unbiased prosecutors.

“The case here today is about whether Ukraine as a country was able to rise above the system of corruption, terror and injustice, and whether we can eliminate what the Ukrainian people rebelled against,” the parliamentarian stressed.

“Release a decent person who has done nothing bad for Ukraine,” Yulia Tymoshenko asked the judge.