WHAT NEXT FOR TYMOSHENKO? A MURDER CHARGE?

10.04.12


Tymoshenko

BBC news is reporting that Yuliya Tymoshenko is now being implicated in the murder in 1996 of MP Yevhen Shcherban.

Yevhen Shcherban, a wealthy businessman, was shot dead with his wife at Donetsk Airport. The Deputy Prosecutor General says that witnesses have come forward and stated that Tymoshenko and former PM Pavlo Lazarenko paid for the murders. At the time of the attack, Ms Tymoshenko was head of United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) and it is alleged that over $2m from the company's accounts was discovered in the bank account of one of the convicted murderers.

Last week, Mr Shcherban's son, Ruslan, who survived the gun attack, gave a press conference in which he said he had handed the prosecutor general's office documents that implicated the two former prime ministers in the murders.

In a statement, Ms Tymoshenko said the claim was "absurd", while Mr Lazarenko said he had "nothing to do with that crime". Tymoshenko's husband, Oleksander, said in an interview, that this latest accusation is intended to divert attention from other murders committed in the 1990s in Donbass and other areas of Ukraine in which current government members may have been involved and called on the west not to believe anything the current government says about the absence of political persecution in Ukraine.

The Prosecutor General, Viktor Pshonka, has said that Tymoshenko is currently a potential witness in the re-opened investigation.



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