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American Fletcher confronts judge in his financial fraud trial

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July 24, 2012, 11:50 a.m. | Ukraine — by Mark Rachkevych

Taken from STB's Vikno Novyny TV program, American Robert Fletcher is pictured in a Kyiv court on July 12 -- he has been jailed for nearly four years while awaiting trial on fraud charges, and is accused of swindling Ukrainians out of more than $12 million.
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Mark Rachkevych

Mark has been a reporter for the Kyiv Post since 2006, but joined full-time in 2009. A native Chicagoan where he was the co-founder of the now defunct Glasshouse Magazine, Mark currently is an editor of business news and still contributes stories on an ongoing basis. He is a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, a graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, and fluent in the Ukrainian and Russian languages.

Accused multimillion-dollar fraudster Robert Fletcher confronted a judge over two motions that were filed during his criminal case in Kyiv’s Desniansky District Court on July 23.

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elmer-елмер July 24, 2012, 4:07 p.m.    

There is no sympathy to be had for this devil, Fletcher.

However, he has done nothing different than what oligarchs in Zookraine have done - except that oligarchs are reputed to have committed murder.

Fletcher is right on these points:

1) It is absolutely wrong to close the trial to the press or the public

2) Zookraine does not have a court system

3) Democracy is NOT represented in the courts of Zookraine.

A fundamental right in a criminal justice system is the right to a speedy trial. Pre-trial detention for 4 years violates that right.

So what's the difference between Fletched and Boyko, the Minister?

Well, Boyko stole far more - the latest of which was $200 million on a drilling rig deal.

Fletcher is not "connected" in Zookraine. Boyko is connected.

What's the difference between Fletched and Governor Yanusvoloch?

Yanusvoloch stole far more - Mezhihirya, plus untold other theft.

Yanusvoloch is "connected" in Zookraine - he is part of the sovok mafia.

Fletcher is not.

What is the difference between Fletcher and Akhmetov?

Akhmetov stole far more in crooked privatization deals - Kryvorizhstal the steel mill alone exposed the theft of billions in a crooked privatization deal.

There is some question as to how Akhmetov suddenly got started, via mysterious bombings in silly Donbas.

Akhmetov is part of the sovok mafia - he is connected.

Fletcher is not.

So it goes in the bizarro upside down pretense of a country, Zookraine, the insane asylum, дурдом, and have for psychotic sovok mafia freaks.

seig heil
Governor Yanusvoloch, convicted criminal and governor of the Rashan province of Zookraine, serving at the whim and pleasure of Master Biker Lover Putler

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freedom..... July 24, 2012, 5:22 p.m.    

Well said.
Fletcher is a scumbag,,,,,and is no better or worse than a lot of por politicians.
Welcome to zookraine.

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Byron Hill July 26, 2012, 6:17 a.m.    

He does not deserve a "fair" trial. He is not a citizen! He has no rights! He is arrogant in thinking he can come and steal from the Ukrainian people. He was wrong! It is only the right of Donetsk mobsters to steal from the citizens of Ukraine. It is only the right of the Party of Regions to steal from the Ukrainian citizen. It is only the right of Yanukobitch to steal from the citizens of Ukraine. Ukraine is NOT an equal opportunity nation.

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Byron Hill July 26, 2012, 6:35 a.m.    

He does not deserve a "fair" trial. He is not a citizen! He has no rights! He is arrogant in thinking he can come and steal from the Ukrainian people. He was wrong! It is only the right of Donetsk mobsters to steal from the citizens of Ukraine. It is only the right of the Party of Regions to steal from the Ukrainian citizen. It is only the right of Yanukobitch to steal from the citizens of Ukraine. Ukraine is NOT an equal opportunity nation.

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