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 Pshonka Broke All Laws and Regulations When He Declared Tymoshenko Guilty, Says Former Judge

Former Judge Yurii Vasylenko is confident that the Prosecutor General had no right to speak so emphatically about the involvement of Yulia Tymoshenko in the murder of Yevhen Shcherban.

He said this in a commentary to Gazeta.ua.

"The Prosecutor General, in violation of the law decided in advance that Yulia Tymoshenko should be given a life sentence. And on the whole as I understand there is no evidence in the case of Shcherban's murder. Attorney General in advance directs the courts to sentence Yulia Tymoshenko to life imprisonment. It is not the prerogative of the prosecutor but the court's. It shall establish whether Tymoshenko is guilty of ordering the killing of Shcherban or not. And we all know our courts. I'm not sure that she is guilty," said Vasylenko.

Former judge also noted that the investigation of Shcherban case had been previously closed for lack of evidence. "This case was closed for lack of evidence. And now it surfaced again - because there is a need to condemn Tymoshenko to life imprisonment. They returned to it because there is an expectation that the European Court for Human Rights will rule that Tymoshenko's previous conviction is unjust. To ensure that she is not released, the Prosecutor General, and said that she was guilty in Scherban case," he said.

Vasylenko also added: "All the rules on impartiality have been broken. There are tons of articles of the law according to which the Prosecutor General has no right to say anything until the end of court hearings."


 
 
 
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