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Prosecutors: Tymoshenko's case completed, no need to arrest her (VIDEO) - updated

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May 24, 2011, 4:27 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
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The investigative actions planned for Tuesday as part of the investigation into the criminal case involving Yulia Tymoshenko have now been completed and there is no need to arrest her, First Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin has said. "Yulia Tymoshenko has left the Main Investigations Department of the Prosecutor General's Office. All investigative actions planned for today have been completed," Yuriy Boichenko, the head of the Prosecutor General's Office press service.

This means that the pre-trial investigation into the case involving the gas contracts signed in 2009 has been completed, he said.

The Ukrainian Code of Criminal Procedure requires defendants to become familiar with the criminal case materials after the investigative actions are completed.

Kuzmin earlier said the investigator has no plans to arrest Tymoshenko. "The investigator has no plans to arrest her and put her in a detention facility," he said.

When asked why the Prosecutor General's Office has asked for an arrest warrant to be issued against Tymoshenko, Kuzmin said it was done to "rule out the possibility of disruption of the investigative actions."

Such a court ruling would be necessary if Tymoshenko had failed to show up for questioning on Tuesday, Kuzmin said.

Kuzmin said Tymoshenko is not accused of high treason.

Earlier Sergei Vlasenko, a lawyer for Tymoshenko, said, that former Prime Minister Tymoshenko, will probably be taken to court, where an arrest warrant will be issued for her after being questioned in the Prosecutor's Office on Tuesday.

Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office in April 2011 opened a criminal case against Tymoshenko on charges of abuse of power in the conclusion of 2009 gas contracts.

The Prosecutor General's Office believes that by signing the 2009 gas contracts with Russia, Tymoshenko inflicted damage to the state in an amount of over Hr 1.5 billion.

target="_blank">Watch the video: while Yulia Tymoshenko in PGO in Kyiv on Tuesday.

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Anonymous May 24, 2011, 5:02 p.m.    

what an absolutely bizarre court system.

The "investigator" can arrest you if the investigator doesn't like the way his investigation is going.

Absolutely bizzare.

Ukraine is either a science fiction movie or a horror movie or both - and people put up with it!!!!!!

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Anonymous May 24, 2011, 5:09 p.m.    

Do you really need masked black special operations military-style personnel in the courtroom (as with Lutsenko the other day) and around the van that drove up to the building?

One guy in the video says: &quot;they're just doing their job.&quot;

Another guy answers: &quot;they ought to think about their job.&quot;

One thug in a suit comes out to drink coffee and smoke a cigarette and to glare at the people who are peering over the gates.

A few people shout: &quot;banda (thugs) go away&quot;

So the idea in Ukraine is if you create a job for mafioso thugs - well, it's official, they're just doing their job.

And if you create a system for vampire oligarchs to rob, rape and pillage the country - well, it's official, they're just doing their job.

Absolutely bizarre.

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Anonymous May 24, 2011, 9:01 p.m.    

Maybe it was a &quot;special systemic operation&quot;?

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Anonymous May 24, 2011, 5:11 p.m.    

This is all for show.

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Anonymous May 24, 2011, 10 p.m.    

Suppose you don't have the luminescence of Yulia Tymoshenko

Suppose you were merely a minister without such clout.

You would probably be wasting your time in prison without knowing the length of your incarceration; let alone if there is going to be a trial.

Ukraine justice system and its Courts badly need a douche.

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Anonymous May 24, 2011, 6:48 p.m.    

There was never any case against her.This is a political drama created by the devil and his party of thieves in order to destroy the opposition.

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Anonymous May 24, 2011, 7:12 p.m.    

Why should the 20% of the population that are authoritarian, Communist and Soviet rule over the 80% of the population that is democracy and freedom oriented? Democracy and freedom oriented parties should agree to always vote and to vote only for any democracy oriented candidate (whatever the party) and to never, never vote for an authoritarian, Soviet or Communist oriented candidate. It would be so simple.

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Anonymous May 25, 2011, 3:29 a.m.    

Do you mean you're happy with Ukraine's present government and it's flouting of general legal

principles and the constitution?

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Anonymous May 24, 2011, 10:06 p.m.    

&quot;The Prosecutor General's Office believes that by signing the 2009 gas contracts with Russia, Tymoshenko inflicted damage to the state in an amount of over Hr 1.5 billion.&quot;

What about Yanukovch?

He leased out Sevastopol to Russia for 25+ years with the intent of receiving better gas rates (amongst other things).

Look at the current gas rate.

Was Yanukovych's action in the BEST interest for Ukraine?

... or did he &quot;...inflict damange to the state&quot;?

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Anonymous May 24, 2011, 10:12 p.m.    

Quote:

When asked why the Prosecutor General's Office has asked for an arrest warrant to be issued against Tymoshenko, Kuzmin said it was done to &quot;rule out the possibility of disruption of the investigative actions.&quot;

Really?!!!!!

I don't think that the above procedure is enshrined within a law, even within a Ukrainian law. This comment is tantamount to the PGO stating that they assume guilt on a apriori basis even during the investigation.

In a law abiding state, this would become a scandal.

A more likely reason is that there exists a lot of confusion within the PoR = PGO = Presidential Admin.

Another black eye for Ukraine by the professionals within the PoR.

Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/politics/detail/105166/#ixzz1NIYf05xx

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Anonymous May 25, 2011, 11:02 a.m.    

Just doing their job???

People who are proud of their work, don't do their jobs anonymously with their faces covered... these people should be identifiable and responsible to authority for their actions too.

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Anonymous June 8, 2011, 3:28 a.m.    

No need to arrest&gt; Court will issue an arrest warrant. Not accused of high treason. Someone spewing gobbledegook from all orifices!

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Anonymous June 21, 2011, 9:10 p.m.    

Guestbkrevel, Guest | Today at 21:05

The most UNDEMOCRATIC and authoritarian statement Yanuk could make,,,,,,which proves that Ukraine in NOT A DEMOCRACY.(How does he know how the courts will rule.....unless he has already instructed the judges as to what the verdict is to be.......just like Stalin,,,,,)

People,,,,time to wake up and protest against Yanukaline,,,,if not for you, then for your children!!!

Democracy is DEAD in Ukranine....

Remove Yanuk and his corruption now..........

BLESS UKRAINE!!!

Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/politics/detail/107192/20/page/1/#comments#ixzz1Pw2XB2FI

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