Bloomberg: Ukraine prosecutors say Tymoshenko may face murder charge
Ukrainian prosecutors said jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko may face life imprisonment for murder, escalating a case that’s driven a wedge between the former Soviet republic and the European Union.
Tymoshenko, already serving a seven-year sentence, conspired with Pavlo Lazarenko, another former premier, to organize the 1996 assassination of lawmaker and businessman Evhen Shcherban, Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka said in remarks broadcast today by TVI. Serhiy Vlasenko, a lawyer for Tymoshenko, said by phone that the accusation was “absurd.”
“Documents collected during pre-trial investigations show Tymoshenko and Lazarenko ordered the murder,” Pshonka said. “Investigators from the prosecutor general’s office visited Tymoshenko today to notify her.”
To support independent journalism in Ukraine and gain access to this Kyiv Post exclusive article, please subscribe.
A Kyiv Post digital subscription is only $1.15 per week - the price of a cup of coffee!
Why support us? There are five reasons to subscribe to Kyiv Post.Learn More
The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively public debate through the Disqus system. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. The Kyiv Post will ban flagrant violators. If you think that a comment or commentator should be banned, please flag the offending material.comments powered by Disqus