Tymoshenko’s dilemma

11:02, 19 April 2012
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The charges against ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko in the murders of former NBU Governor Vadym Hetman and Yevhen Shcherban open up two options: either a life sentence or medical treatment abroad without the right to return home, KW wrote this week.

First deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin has de-facto accused Tymoshenko of organizing the murders of Shcherban (earlier, Pavlo Lazarenko was accused of this crime) and Hetman. The murderers of Hetman, who was considered the spiritual counselor and mentor of Viktor Yushchenko, have not been found to this day.

Kuzmin has publicly accused Tymoshenko last August of the involvement in the murder of the Donetsk businessman and politician Shcherban immediately after her arrest in the Pechersk District Court. Up until recently, this issue never came to the fore. However, a few months back Kuzmin spoke to a small group of members of the European Parliament and handed them documents that allegedly prove Tymoshenko’s complicity in the contract murder of Shcherban.

the government has set Tymoshenko’s refusal to be involved in politics as the key condition for her trip to Germany. Be that as it may, it is not likely that the Ukrainian authorities are seriously banking on this. Instead, they are preparing for Tymoshenko’s transformation from a Ukrainian version of Nelson Mandela to Dalai Lama, the article by Vadym Denysenko concludes.

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