Lutsenko refuses to comment on Zhvania’s statement

16:01, 25 July 2008
Politics
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About impeachment of the Ukrainian President

Interior Minister of Ukraine Yuri Lutsenko refused to comment on the statement of member of parliament David Zhvania (OU-PSD faction), who demanded impeachment of President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, Interior  Minister of Ukraine Yuri Lutsenko claimed this to a news conference on Friday.

At the same time, the Minister stressed that the public conflict between former allies Victor Yushchenko and David Zhvania hampers state interests of Ukraine.

“I do not like political, state, moral aspects of this conflict. It is intolerable, considering state interests. And, being an Interior Minister, who is subordinate to the President of Ukraine, I will abstain from commenting on statements of D.Zhvania”, Yuri Lutsenko said.

He also claimed he disapproves Zhvania’s behavior at interrogations in the Prosecutor’s General office, as well as his incorrect statements about the investigator of the case.

As UNIAN reported earlier, OU-PSD faction lawmaker D.Zhvania claimed that President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko was not poisoned with dioxin. According to him, the results of analyses were counterfeited.

On July 16, the Prosecutor’s General Office invited D.Zhvania through mass media to give evidence on the case of Victor Yushchenko’s poisoning.

According to PGO, D.Zhvania “was present at interrogations only twice (on 15.02.2008 and 20.02.2008), the interrogations were not finished. After that, he did not respond to any of 10 PGO summons, without giving any grounds for his absence”.

On July 23, D.Zhvania left the building of the Prosecutor’s General Office approximately in 10 minutes after he entered there to testify as a witness. According to the lawmaker, he left the interrogation because, in his opinion, investigators began to ask him questions that were clarified for many times already at previous interrogations. He described the interrogation as “a regular act of mockery”, and the format of the interrogation as a “format of schizophrenia”.

The Presidential Secretariat assessed the refusal of David Zhvania to testify on the case of poisoning of Victor Yushchenko as an impudent move violating the criminal-procedural legislation of Ukraine, and surmised that he “directly or indirectly “helped” Yushchenko to dinner with poison”.

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