“As far as we understood, Viktor Yanukovych considered it useful to respond personally instead of writing any letter,” said the Head of UGCC.
According to the hierarch, “many ideas” were ventilated during the meeting. Patriarch Sviatoslav’s impressions of the meeting were formulated as follows: “Firstly, Viktor Yanukovych took our letter into his consideration very seriously. Secondly, he explained the process of elaboration of the new Criminal Code and steps taken by him to personally ensure fair justice in Ukraine and protection of human rights.
The President said that we, those who solicited for pardoning Yulia Tymoshenko, are participants of the process. Therefore, we hope that we will be kept informed of the status of our request.”
As he addressed the President, Patriarch Sviatoslav explained that the letter of the Heads of Churches was not a form of demanding but a request and it concerned not only one person but the whole procedure of pardoning. The Head of UGCC stressed that during the transition period changes in the Criminal Code, the notion of mercy is very important. Therefore, the Churches wanted to have their say about the importance of mercy and, consequently, pardoning.
“In our letter, we appealed to the President as the guarantor to ensure fair justice. Especially, in the transition period until the laws of Ukraine are brought in line with the Criminal Code,” said Patriarch Sviatoslav.