Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka
Many Ukrainian politicians have been suspected of using means far less fair than foul to amass power and wealth, and rumours that such methods have included hiring killers abound. That said, there seems little if any likelihood that the West will find the latest accusations made against former Prime Minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko any less politically motivated than her seven-year sentence over the 2009 gas accords with Russia and new trial on tax evasion charges.
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka this month accused Tymoshenko of ordering the killing 16 years ago of Yevhen Shcherban. That’s four years earlier than the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze, where the finger was pointed, with apparently serious grounds, in one direction from the outset and all to no avail. Those who ordered the journalist’s murder remain at liberty – unlike Yulia Tymoshenko.
Pshonka now claims, he has evidence able to convict Tymoshenko of paying $2.8 million to get Shcherban murdered.