Prosecutor summons Tymoshenko

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Dec. 2, 2010, 11:59 a.m. | Politics — by Reuters


Ukrainian ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the main opponent of President Viktor Yanukovych, has been called into the state prosecutor's office for questioning on Thursday, her aides said. "The Prosecutor General has heightened its political terror against the opposition Batkivshchina political party," a statement issued by her press service said.

It said Yanukovich, who beat Tymoshenko for the presidency last February, had told the prosecutor general to step up action against the opposition and "destroy" her Batkivshchina party.

Political tension is rising over the fate of a proposed new tax reform plan which has brought thousands of small business owners out on to the streets in protest.

Tymoshenko, with other leaders from the fragmented opposition, has sought to capitalise on the situation by siding with the protesters and denouncing the proposed new tax code.

Yanukovich has vetoed an initial draft of the code. A new version comes up for discussion in parliament on Friday.

Tymoshenko says she and her allies are the victims of a witch-hunt and that the Yanukovich camp is trying to neutralise her as a political force.

An international audit ordered by the Yanukovych leadership said in mid-October that Tymoshenko's former government had misappropriated millions of dollars. Her aides dismissed the accusations as a "politically motivated" exercise.

Ukraine's new state prosecutor is continuing an investigation of Tymoshenko's ally and former Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko on accusations of abuse of office and theft.

Two other senior officials in the last government, the former head of customs and the former acting chief executive of state energy firm Naftogaz, were detained earlier this year in what Tymoshenko has described as "political repression."
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Anonymous Dec. 2, 2010, 1:03 p.m.    

Imagine if Obama had George McCain arrested?

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Anonymous Dec. 2, 2010, 3:32 p.m.    

Its John McCain...

And its Kuchma who should be arrested!

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Anonymous Dec. 2, 2010, 1:11 p.m.    

let her finish her latest plastic surgery.. before trying her..

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Anonymous Dec. 2, 2010, 3:30 p.m.    

How credible are the allegations of POR - a political force funded mainly by the Russian mafia - via Firtash.... who admits these criminal links???

Nothing will come of these trumped up charges against Batkivshchina... but its only a matter of time before POR will be rocked by the mountains of evidence against them, pointing to murders, repressions and orgnised crime... their heads will roll, and it will destroy the Party of Regions forever.

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Anonymous Dec. 2, 2010, 4:29 p.m.    

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Ukrvaktsina against Olden Group and Interfarm (a Ukrainian LLC based in Kyiv) in the US District Court in Oregon just recently does NOT indicate any abuse of office or theft by Tymoshenko.

Rather, the lawsuit very clearly states that Ukrvaktsina was defrauded by Olden Group and Interfarm in connetion with the purchase of vaccines by Ukrvaktsina at double the manufacturer's price.

That is, Interfarm and Olden Group conspired to buy vaccines from the manufacturer, then charged Ukrvaktsina double the price by the time the vaccines got to Ukraine through a series of falsified invoices to get around Ukraine's statute which limits profits on sales to government agencies to 10%.

The lawsuit says absolutely nothing about Tymoshenko being tied in with Interfarm or Olden Group.

The money paid to Intefarm and Olden Group wound up in Parex Bank in Latvia.

Similarly, the Kroll report, mistakenly referred to as an &quot;international audit,&quot; did NOT show that Tymoshenko's government &quot;misappropriated&quot; millions of dollars.

It did show that purchases of vaccines and automobiles were made through intermediaries, such as Lakshmi Auto, and that the Ukrainians government ended up paying inflated prices due to fraud by the intermediaries.

It was the Yanukonvikt and some of the early Akin Gump/Trout Cacheris law firm press releases that &quot;transformed&quot; the Kroll report (again, it was not an audit)into some sort of accusation of personal misappropriation of funds by Tymoshenko.

Which, of course, is a lie, because there is nothing in the Kroll report that shows that Tymoshenko took money personally for herself.

The Kyiv Post has previously provided links to the Kroll report. On the Savik Shuster show, Tommy, the representative from Kroll, admitted that it was an investigative report, and not an audit.

The Kroll report does allege that the Tymoshenko government took money for carbon credits under the Kyoto protocol from Japan, and then used it for general budget purchases instead of for &quot;green&quot; environmental projects as theoretically required by treaty, but not by Ukrainian statutes.

That also is disputed.

This is a soviet-style political show trial against Tymoshenko.

True, she has a gigantic, huge ego, but that's not a crime - it simply interferes with her ability to fully grasp democracy.

But her grasp of democracy is far, far better than that of Yanukonvikt and his gangsters in government.

Yanukonvikt and his gangsters in government don't care about democracy - only about getting rid of Tymoshenko and getting rid of all opposition.

Welcome to Firtashia.

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