Tymoshenko charged with murder

11:04, 21 January 2013
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Ukraine's former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been charged with murder for her alleged role in the death of Yevhen Shcherban, an influential lawmaker and businessman killed in 1996, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka said here on Friday, according to Xinhua.

"We have assembled the materials of pre-trial investigation, which showed that Tymoshenko really ordered the murder, along with Lazarenko," Pshonka told a press conference.

Pavlo Lazarenko, who served as Ukrainian prime minister in 1996- 1997, was jailed in 2006 for money laundering through U.S. banks.

Shcherban was shot dead at an airport in 1996. In early 2002 eight individuals were arrested for the assassination, and all were later found guilty.

Tymoshenko, who is currently receiving medical treatment at an out-of-prison health center in Kharkov City, was convicted in October 2011 of abuse of power in a 2009 gas deal with Russia.

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