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Ukrainian prosecutors want to question ex-PM Lazarenko in US

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Oct. 29, 2011, 6:21 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
The Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office hopes for assistance from U.S. agencies in arranging another questioning of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko, who is serving a prison term in the U.S., regarding the United Energy Systems of Ukraine corporation's debts. "I traveled to the United States last year to take part in the questioning of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Lazarenko at a California prison. That questioning lasted for two days, and that trip was quite productive. But I must say one such questioning is not enough for the investigation. We need to question [former Prime Minister Yulia] Tymoshenko, Lazarenko, [Petro] Kyrychenko [Lazarenko's former aide], and other participants in numerous shady dealings known to everyone," First Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin said on Inter television channel on Saturday.

"Such a request for the U.S. government and competent agencies does exist, as well as there are problems with receiving such assistance," Kuzmin said. "We have been trying to set various dates for questioning Lazarenko once again, but unfortunately the final date has still not been set for a year. Therefore, we hope that the U.S. will help us deal with the criminal cases that we are investigating," he said.

Some officials from the U.S. Prosecutor General's Office have been granted U.S. entry visas after former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was convicted for her role in concluding the 2009 gas supply contracts between Ukraine and Russia, he said.
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Anonymous Oct. 29, 2011, 9:26 p.m.    

Release Yulia Tymoshenko from her unlawful imprisonment and we may consider your request.

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Anonymous Oct. 29, 2011, 10:29 p.m.    

Prosecutors of the Ukrainian prosecutors office have not been granted visas and will not be granted. The U.S. is not interested in being any part of a mob lynching group as the Party of Rats. There is no valid justification to grant the Ukrainian investigators permission to question Lazarenko. The current government officials can continue to wish as much as they want to but their wishes will not be realized as long as selective persecution is taking place in Ukraine. The Prosecutors General Office investigators may not want to come to the U.S. for they may find themselves being held for various human rights crimes which have taken place in Ukraine. They better be careful for what they wish for because they may get much more than they bargain. The U.S. will not play their silly games, just ask the &quot;Merchant of Death&quot;?

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Anonymous Oct. 31, 2011, 9:41 a.m.    

Really? Washington Times says they are already in CA.

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Anonymous Oct. 30, 2011, 8:14 a.m.    

I cannot believe that the US would let this Ukrainian garbage in the USA.

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Anonymous Oct. 30, 2011, 2:46 p.m.    

&quot;participants in numerous shady dealings known to everyone&quot;

He doesn't sound like a prosecutor on tv but rather than someone with an agenda.

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