US Court Rules Yulia Tymoshenko's Claims Lack Credibility, Not Founded on Facts

Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:45am EDT

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NEW YORK, March 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

    Earlier this week, US District Court Judge Kimba Wood dismissed a case in the US
initiated by Yulia Tymoshenko with a strong opinion that cited a clear lack of facts to
support her claims. In the case, Tymoshenko stated that she was arbitrarily detained and
politically persecuted. In addition, she claimed that her persecution was orchestrated
by the Yanukovich Administration and funded by Dimitry Firtash. All of her claims lacked
credibility and were dismissed by the Judge.  

    Tymoshenko's attempt to address her grievances in US courts was a poor choice and
the Judge cited her claims as weak and not based on facts or US law. Judge Wood ruled
that US Courts should not be used by foreign parties for their own personal purposes and
noted that Tymoshenko's attempt to use the court for a public relations stunt meant to
bring international pressure on Ukrainian politicians, and her own political purposes
was not credible.  

    In the complaint, Tymoshenko attempted to argue that she was "arbitrarily detained"
by the Yanukovich Administration as a result of being sentenced for wreaking havoc on
Ukraine's economy by signing malicious gas contracts with Russia. Her actions resulted
in Ukraine paying the highest price for gas in Europe, and destroyed its economy.  

    Tymoshenko's claim about being arbitrarily detained had no credibility according to
Judge Wood. In fact, the Judge was very clear that Tymoshenko was aware of her alleged
crimes when charged, she was indicted, went through a trial process, had legal
representation, and was tried according to the laws in Ukraine. The Judge stated that
Tymoshenko's detention was "not arbitrary detention, but rather a detention (with a
legal process)" which Tymoshenko deemed unjustified.  

    More importantly, the Judge concluded that given the facts of Tymoshenko's trial,
"no international norms" were violated in her claim of arbitrary detention, and that the
US courts were not the place Tymoshenko should be using for redress of her problems.
Tymoshenko had earlier attempted to bring other cases before the US courts - all of
which were dismissed for lacking credibility.  

    Finally, the Judge determined that in almost no conceivable situation based on the
facts as presented by Tymoshenko would US defendants be deemed as engaged in any action
that would allow Tymoshenko to have legal redress in the US Court systems.  

    The ruling by Judge Wood makes it clear that Tymoshenko presented very weak and
unsubstantiated claims. Challenging the Judge's decision would present multiple
complications for Tymoshenko. The US ruling was a clear indication that Tymoshenko had
failed in every aspect of her case.   

Ukraine Monitor

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