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Prosecutors ready to indict Tymoshenko for role in MP Scherban's murder

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Aug. 9, 2012, 9:59 a.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

The Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office has enough grounds to charge former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko with involvement in killing Verkhovna Rada deputy Yevhen Scherban in 1996, First Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin said.
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The Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office has enough grounds to charge former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko with involvement in killing Verkhovna Rada deputy Yevhen Scherban in 1996, First Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin said.

"We have enough grounds to indict her," Kuzmin said in an interview published in the Thursday issue of the Russian-language newspaper Segodnya (Today).

Asked when these charges could be brought against Tymoshenko, Kuzmin said, "As German doctors said, she needs to rest from stress for eight weeks [roughly until the end of September]. So we are waiting for this term to expire. As soon as the doctors say that she can be bothered, we will come to her with the charges immediately. We have everything ready for this." 

The Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office has officially asked the U.S. authorities to provide assistance in questioning former Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko, he said.

Lazarenko has given his consent to such questioning, but this also requires a sanction by the U.S. authorities, Kuzmin said. "As soon as we get a positive answer, we are ready to travel to the U.S. and question Lazarenko on the Scherban murder case," he said.

Scherban, a member of the Liberal Party's executive committee and a parliamentarian, was gunned down while disembarking a plane at the Donetsk airport on November 3, 1996. The killers fled the scene in a car. Scherban, his wife and a mechanic died from injuries on the spot. The plane's flight engineer injured to his neck died later in a hospital. Law enforcement agencies ruled out political motives behind the crime.

The Luhansk Regional Court of Appeals found Vadym Bolotskykh guilty of killing Scherban and sentenced him to life in prison in April 2003.

Yevhen Scherban's son, Ruslan Scherban, a member of the Donetsk Regional Council, said at a press conference on April 4, 2012 that he had passed documents indicating to Tymoshenko's and Lazarenko's possible involvement in his father's murder to the Prosecutor General's Office.

Tymoshenko and Lazarenko have categorically denied their involvement in the murder.

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blueriver Aug. 9, 2012, 12:31 p.m.    

Prosecutors are afriad of Yulia.....Prty of Regions are afraid of Yulia.....Putin is afriad of Yulia..........Firtash Gas billionaire is afraid of Yulia..

All of the above have nightmares about a free Yulia............of course they will look for any reason to keep her in prison.

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 10, 2012, 7:19 a.m.    

The fatuous request from the PGO of Ukraine to elicit a response from American authorities to allow an interview with Pavlo Lazarenko will almost certainly receive no response. This course of action is consistent with other requests from certain personalities in Ukraine (ie. Rinat Akhmetov) who have requested visas to visit the U.S. and have received no response. It is in essence an unofficial form of "persona non grata". To offer an official response could be interpreted as a type of crediblity whether the answer was a yes or a no. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry for their part is more than aware of the serious nature of the potential of an ever widening blockade of their interests vis-a-vis the Americans. If they wish to prevent a gordian knot they will have to act with more than just words in the very near future.

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