11:46 22.01.2013

Tymoshenko categorically rejects charges of being involved in Scherban murder, says her daughter

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Tymoshenko categorically rejects charges of being involved in Scherban murder, says her daughter

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko rejects notifications and charges of having organized the murder of parliamentarian Yevhen Scherban, the ex-premier's daughter, Yevhenia Tymoshenko, has said.

"My mother wants to say that she refuses to accept any notifications or charges that were read aloud to her, as it was done illegally in the absence of her defense lawyers," Tymoshenko said at a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday.

"For around a year and a half we have been seeing that her [Tymoshenko's] rights are being violated and all related laws are ignored. And they bring new charges against her again and again," the ex-premier's daughter said.

Tymoshenko also said that her mother intends to continue her civil disobedience campaign.

"My mother would like to announce that she is continuing her civil disobedience campaign and that the reasons for which she started it have been aggravated," she said.

According to the ex-premier's daughter, Tymoshenko's ward is still equipped with video surveillance cameras and guarded by men. In addition, illegal video recordings are still made at Tymoshenko's ward.

Yevhenia Tymoshenko also told journalists about the procedure that was carried out to notify Tymoshenko of being a suspect in the Scherban murder case. According to her, the ex-premier told her that ten people with three video cameras entered the bathroom in the ex-premier's ward where Tymoshenko holds her campaign. They introduced themselves as representatives of the Prosecutor General's Office, but did not mention their names, posts, or ranks.

"They just started reading aloud and explaining something in the absence of her lawyer," Yevhenia said.

As reported, Ukraine's Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka said at a briefing on January 18 that the Prosecutor General's Office had finished its investigation into the criminal case on the murder of MP Yevhen Scherban, who was shot dead in 1996, and that former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko had been notified of being suspected of having organized the crime, along with former Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko.

Pshonka also announced that the criminal case on the murder of Scherban and the criminal case on the embezzlement of public funds to repay debts of the United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) Corporation to the Russian Defense Ministry were united in one case.

Pshonka added that the Ukrainian government had started paying the debt of the UESU to the Russian Defense Ministry under a ruling of Kyiv Court of Appeals. According to him, Ukraine has paid UAH 15 million to Russia.

Scherban, a member of the Liberal Party's executive committee and a parliamentarian, was gunned down while disembarking from a plane at the Donetsk airport on November 3, 1996. The killers fled the scene in a car. Scherban, his wife and a mechanic died from injuries on the spot. The plane's flight engineer suffered injuries to his neck and later died in a hospital. Law enforcement agencies ruled out a political motive behind the crime.

The Luhansk Regional Court of Appeals found Vadym Bolotskykh guilty of killing Scherban and sentenced him to life in prison in April 2003.

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 to the Prosecutor General's Office documents indicating Tymoshenko's and Lazarenko's possible involvement in his father's murder.

Tymoshenko and Lazarenko have categorically denied being involved in the murder.

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