According to Interfax-Ukraine, the diplomat said: "We are obviously disappointed by this decision. We have previously expressed concerns in regard to the persecution of opposition and previous government in Ukraine, including prime-minister Yulia Tymoshenko and head of MVD Yuriy Lutsenko".
She emphasized that "we continue to insist on Ukrainian government releasing Mrs. Tymoshenko and other members of the Cabinet and restoring their political and civil rights".
Newland noted that "in hearing these cases we have expressed concerns as to how they they were dealt with, in regard to evidentiary basis, legal process, and personal treatment. We are not talking about single events there (in Ukraine). We are talking about how the justice on the whole was applied in these cases. We are concerned that they were politically motivated and do not comply with the Ukrainian legislation".