Minister Baird Expresses Concern Over Arrest of Yulia Tymoshenko in Ukraine

(No. 224 - August 6, 2011 - 12:35 a.m. ET) Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement in response to the arrest in Ukraine of Yulia Tymoshenko, former prime minister and currently a member of the opposition:

"Canada is concerned by the apparently politically motivated persecution, and now arrest, of Yulia Tymoshenko.

fThe appearance of political bias in judicial proceedings undermines the rule of law. Canada urges the Ukrainian government to strengthen judiciary independence and continues to support efforts to build a peaceful, democratic and prosperous society in Ukraine.”

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