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Washington D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and European People’s Party (EPP) President Wilfried Martens today issued the following statement urging Ukrainian authorities to release former Prime Minister and political opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko on bail:

“Ukraine has just celebrated twenty years since its independence from Soviet rule. During these years, the Ukrainian people have been working hard to consolidate democratic freedoms and to anchor their country in Euro-Atlantic structures.  For example, Ukraine's membership and current chairmanship of the Council of Europe – the pan-European organization that promotes human rights, democratic development, and the rule of law – is a great achievement of the Ukrainian nation.

“Yet, today we are witnessing certain practices from the Ukrainian authorities that are reminiscent of pre-independence rule.  The current trial of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the judicial practices surrounding this trial, is increasingly seen as selective prosecution of members of the opposition in Ukraine.

“Thus, we jointly call on the authorities to release on bail Yulia Tymoshenko.  We expect that her bail conditions will be on par with the bail standards of countries of the European Union, which Ukraine seeks to be associated with.  Furthermore, we urge the authorities to allow Yulia Tymoshenko to exercise her constitutional right to be examined by a doctor of her choice.”