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KIEV, October 22 (Itar-Tass) - Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko, who is serving a seven-year jail term for abuse of occupational powers during the signing of natural gas import agreements with Russia in 2009, has given consent to a partial pardoning, Arseny Yatsenyuk, the leader of the parliamentary faction of Batkivshchina /Fatherland/ opposition party said Tuesday.
“She /Timoshenko/ said in public that she was making this serious step,” he said. “She’s prepared to accept a partial pardoning option for the sake of Ukraine’s destiny.”
To be able to take a course of treatment abroad, Timoshenko should be pardoned and this is one of the demands issued by the European Union, Yatsenyuk said.
“Even if she agreed to it /taking treatment abroad in the absence of pardoning - Itar-Tass/, that’s something the EU wouldn’t have agreed to,” he said. “An end to political persecutions is a key demand issued by the EU - an end, not just suspension.”
“Legislative acts necessary for resolving the problem of Yulia Timoshenko’s dispensation from imprisonment has already been adopted,” since the laws in effect at present make it possible for the Ukrainian government, Justice Ministry and the penitentiary service “to take a decision on freeing her from jail and sending her to Germany for treatment.”
That is why statements on the necessity of any more supplementary bills “stand at variance with reality,” Yatsenyuk said.
“The opposition is ready to consider any option that respects the opposition forces, as well as Yulia Timoshenko’s rights and freedoms, that satisfies the EU, stops political repressions in Ukraine, and carries the signature of the incumbent President,” he said.
Ukrainian mass media earlier mentioned several possible options of Timoshenko’s release from jail, and their list included the principle of partial pardoning, or actually a curtailment of her jail term from seven to two years.
If applied in practice, however, partial pardoning would go hand-in-glove with ban on occupying any governmental positions over a period of three years upon release from jail.
In addition, a condition the authorities made public earlier said Timoshenko would have to pay a fine of $ 200 million.