Vitaliy Haiduk, the latest witness to be questioned in court in the pre-trial investigation into the 1996 murder of MP Yevhen Shcherban, says he has no direct evidence of Yulia Tymoshenko’s involvement in the crime, according to official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"I have no direct evidence that Yulia Tymoshenko ordered the murder. I don’t know this. I can explain the nature of the relations, but it’s up to the investigation to figure out everything else. I’m not a court and not an investigator. If I had had direct evidence, I would have testified as such. I signed an oath in court," Vitaliy Haiduk said in response to a question from Yulia Tymoshenko’s legal counsel.

Vitaliy Haiduk, who held senior positions in the Donetsk Oblast Council and Donetsk Oblast State Administration in 1994-1997 and later was a co-owner of Industrial Union of Donbas Corporation (ISD), added that United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) and ISD signed an agreement on cooperation in the gas market in late 1995. "But UESU didn’t supply gas to companies that were the largest consumers of natural gas. The Itera corporation did," he said.

The witness also stressed the UESU stuck to the conditions of the contract. "UESU never tried to conclude a contract with anyone else and didn’t violate the terms of the agreement," Vitaliy Haiduk underscored.

Vitaliy Haiduk was the sixth witness to be questioned in court. Nobody has yet been able to provide any hard evidence linking Yulia Tymoshenko to the murder of MP Yevhen Shcherban.