Canadian government has expressed its disappoinment on the ousting of Tymoshenko's defender, Serhiy Vlasenko from the Ukraine parliament Wednesday.
"Canada is deeply troubled by the decision of the high administrative court of Ukraine to strip Serhiy Vlasenko of his seat in the Verkhovna Rada," said John Baird, Canada's foreign minister.
Following the ousting of the lawmaker, the Canadian foreign minister in a press release Thursday questioned the Ukraine's judicial process.
"Mr. Vlasenko plays a lead role in defending former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and the decision to remove him from his parliamentary seat calls into question the access of opposition figures to a free and fair judicial process," said John Baird.
While expressing anger, John Baird urged the Ukraine government to respond to the concerns of the international community over the stripping of the Ukraine's law maker.
"The strength of any democracy is rooted in a strong and vibrant opposition. We hope that leaders in Kyiv will finally respond to the concerns of the international community," said Baird. "We will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine as they seek to build a nation founded on the values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law."
Srgey Vlasenko was a close associate and strong defender of Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko who was jailed in 2011.
Vlasenko earlier said that he was wrongly accused of a car theft and robbery and that it was a conspiracy by former PM's long-time political foe, President Viktor Yanukvych. He claimed that the president was trying to eliminate all the defenders of PM in jail.
After he was ousted, the opposition government pledged to take all measures to prevent the Vlasenko from being arrested.
"We will do everything so that Vlasenko is not arrested, including with the assistance of our Western partners," said Batkivschyna leader Arseniy Yatseniuk Thursday, according to Kyiv Post.
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