He said this in an interview toKommersant-Ukraine.
"Now we see an escalation of thesituation around Yulia Tymoshenko. Charges that may lead to a lifesentence, show that the government has crossed the line and isready to destroy her physically. If they could execute Tymoshenkothey would. This is not about the Prosecutor General's office doingsomething. It is a synchronized struggle with the opposition - thegovernment wants to clean up the political arena before thepresidential elections in 2015. They do not Tymoshenko alive. TodayI have a firm belief: Yanukovych's goal is the physical removal ofTymoshenko," said the defense attorney.
In the end of last week YuliaTymoshenko's procedural status in two criminal cases investigatedby prosecutors and SSU changed. Administration of the colonyinformed the former Prime Minister of charges in organizing themurder of deputy Yevhen Shcherban in 1996.