A request for a partial pardon of former prime minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko, which was handed by the former president of the European Parliament Pat Cox and former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski to President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has the same legal foundation as the letter, which decided the fate of former interior minister Yuriy Lutsenko, European Parliament President Martin Schultz has said.
According to Schultz, Kwasniewski and Cox presented in the European Parliament the text of the letter submitted to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on behalf of Yulia Tymoshenko, which had been prepared in close cooperation of the prisoner with Cox and Kwasniewski, and which requests "partial pardon" of the former prime minister of Ukraine. He said that this request was similar to the one that was used to resolve Lutsenko's case. The European Parliament's president expressed the hope that this may result in Tymoshenko's getting permission to go to Germany for medical treatment. On October 4, Cox and Kwasniewski asked Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to pardon Yulia Tymoshenko. In her turn, the ex-premier of Ukraine officially accepted the offer of the EP mission to go to Germany for treatment, given the importance to Ukraine of the signing of the association agreement with the EU. Lutsenko was detained on December 25, 2010. Kyiv Pechersky District Court found the ex-minister guilty of a number of counts of abuse of office and sentenced him to four years in prison on February 27, 2012. On July 3, 2012, the European Court of Human Rights issued a ruling declaring that the arrest of Lutsenko was a violation of his human rights. Moreover, the court ordered the Ukrainian government to pay EUR 15,000 to the ex-minister as compensation for moral damages. The state paid the compensation. In February 27, 2013, the European Parliament's observation mission made of Cox and Kwasniewski asked Yanukovych to pardon Lutsenko. On April 5, the Verkhovna Rada's Commissioner for Human Rights, Valeria Lutkovska, asked Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to pardon Lutsenko because of his state of health and the fact that the ex-minister had served more than half of his prison term. On April 7, Yanukovych signed a decree pardoning several convicts, including Lutsenko. The ex-minister was released on the same day.