11:38 25.10.2012

Lawyer: Lazarenko's statements on his noninvolvement in Scherban's murder are his testimony

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Statements made by former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko regarding his noninvolvement in the murder of MP Yevhen Scherban are actually his testimony, and he will repeat it upon his return to Ukraine, his lawyer, Maryna Dovhopola, has said.

"He [Pavlo Lazarenko] stated that he had nothing to do with Scherban's murder... These public official statements that he was not involved in the killing are actually his testimony," she said at a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday.

Dovhopola said that when Lazarenko returns to Ukraine, he would repeat his statements.

"I think that when he returns to Ukraine, he will repeat these statements," she said, without specifying exactly when the former prime minister plans to return to the country.

"There is and there was no evidence of Pavlo Lazarenko's involvement in this crime," she said.

The deputy head of the Hromada Party, Oleh Oleniuk, in turn, expressed his surprise, asking "Why was it necessary for the prime minister to order the killing of the people's deputy and businessman?"

As reported, Lazarenko, who is serving a prison term in the Unites States for fraud and money laundering, will be released on November 1, 2012.

Lazarenko was convicted in the United States of embezzling illegally obtained funds and transferring them to foreign accounts in 1994-1999. A Californian court sentenced Lazarenko to nine years in prison in August 2006. He remained in his apartment in San Francisco under house arrest pending the consideration of the appeal against his conviction. In June 2011, Lazarenko's custody was shortened by seven months, to January 11, 2012.

As reported, Yevhen Scherban's son, Ruslan Scherban, a member of the Donetsk Regional Council, said at a press conference on April 4, 2012 that he had passed documents indicating to Tymoshenko's and Lazarenko's possible involvement in his father's murder to the Prosecutor General's Office.

Tymoshenko and Lazarenko have categorically denied their involvement in the murder.

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