Turchynov: SBU brought no charges against Tymoshenko in the new debt case

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Oct. 13, 2011, 6:17 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

The deputy leader of the Batkivschyna Party, Oleksandr Turchynov

The deputy leader of the Batkivschyna Party, Oleksandr Turchynov, has said that he is unaware of any debt of the United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) corporation to the Russian Defense Ministry, or there being any government guarantees against this debt. He said at a press conference on Thursday that if such a debt did exist, then "Russia would not wait for 15 years" to lay its claims. He said that "all statutes of limitations" had expired in the case on the debt and that there were court rulings on this issue issued during the presidency of former President Leonid Kuchma.

Turchynov said that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) had not brought any charges against Tymoshenko in the case on the corporation's debt.

"No charges have been brought," he said.

He said that lawyers visited Tymoshenko in jail until 1800 on Wednesday. However, after they left, at about 1900, SBU investigators attempted "to interrogate [Tymoshenko] or show some papers," but the former prime minister refused to communicate with them without her lawyers.

Turchynov said that the new charges brought against Tymoshenko were caused by the fear of the current government that Tymoshenko could be freed from prison.

"They are trying to insure against the decisions of European courts, launching new investigations and new processes that have only one purpose – to keep Yulia Tymoshenko in prison," he said.
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Anonymous Oct. 13, 2011, 9:40 p.m.    

It is very hard to contemplate how Ukraine keeps getting it so wrong. This is one complete stuff up after another.

Its time to hit the rest button and reboot.

First step reform the Constitution. Adopt a full parliamentary model of government. initiate reform of the parliament to make it more representative and accountable and then tackle reform judiciary, all three can and should be undertaken in parallel.

Ukraine should look to Estonia and Latvia both are former Soviet States that are now successful parliamentary democracies, they made the right choice of system of government.

As long as Ukraine retains a presidential system of rule by decree it will continue to be a failed state.

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Anonymous Oct. 13, 2011, 10:10 p.m.    

This new Tymoshenko case is very dirty business indeed. But it will serve its nasty purpose. They will point out some of her real past crimes, even though they clearly shouldnt have the ability to do it under the statute of limitations. They will dodge laws of ciminal procedure and statutes of limitatiosn to make their dirty point and undermine her clean image so she picks up less sympathy points from the undecided voters. Embarrassing for Ukraine, rote political persecution, in her case it will be effective with local Ukrainian voters and in international eyes they get a free pass because they are already in the lowest dog house possible. So it's a free pass to muddy her clean image between now and when they pass the rada law deciminalizing economic crimes.

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Anonymous Oct. 13, 2011, 11:07 p.m.    

Yanuconvickt will stoop to any gutter to keep Yulia in jail. False polls, made up charges, you name it. The man should be eliminated by fair means or foul.

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