In an interview to Deutsche Welle Chairman of the ECHR Dean Spielmann noted that "I can name five countries: Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Romania and Poland. But I would like to stress that, in varying degrees, all signatories to the Convention are not free from the problems with human rights, including the small countries. We, of course, deal with these complaints, too," he said.
Now the decision of European Court is expected in regard to two complaints by former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, sentenced by the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv to 7 years in prison for abuse of authority during signing gas contracts with Russia in 2009.
Dean Spielmann, who participated in the hearing of Tymoshenko case before he took over as the chairman of the European Court, refused to comment on it.
"This case, is still under consideration. So to share I cannot share any details with you. Naturally, our task lies in knowing how to conduct such trials which could potentially have political consequences. I want to emphasize that, when considering the complaints that we receive we do not take into account the political circumstances, and are guided only by legal considerations," he said.