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 Secretary General of the Council of Europe Informed About Persons Who Benefited from Shcherban Murder

Yulia Tymoshenko's daughter Yevhenia and members of the Ukrainian opposition’s delegation to PACE met with Secretary General of the Council of Europe Torbjorn Jagland.

This was announced by Deputy Chairman of the Ukrainian parliamentary delegation to PACE Serhii Sobolev, reports Batkivschyna press service.

According to him, during the meeting they discussed the matter of political repressions in Ukraine, "which directly threaten the lives of opposition leaders Yulia Tymoshenko and Yurii Lutsenko." "We stated that today the fight Ukraine is not over key rights - freedom of speech, gatherings, impartial and fair trial - but in fact there is a struggle for the right to live," said Sobolev.

He also reported that representatives of the Ukrainian opposition told the Secretary General about the Ukrainian PGO's attempt to strip parliamentary immunity of opposition deputies Vlasenko, Nemyria, Holovko, and Dubnevych; about the facts the prosecution of parliamentarians; about the use of brute physical force against women deputies. Also during the meeting the Council of Europe Secretary General was informed about the details of the new charges against Yulia Tymoshenko. "We told him that the case has facts of 16 years ago that Shcherban's death resulted in massive transfer of property to Yanukovych's people, that the killers who murdered Shcherban were themselves killed in Donetsk oblast prison where current Prosecutor General Pshonka was working at the time (head of oblast Prosecutor's Office) and Yanukovych was the governor," said Serhii Sobolev.

Also after hearing about the obstruction by the Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament of preparing documents to members of the Ukrainian delegation from the opposition Serhii Vlasenko and Yelena Kondratiuk, the Secretary General promised to prepare a statement on the matter. Serhii Sobolev said that because of Speaker's dragging of signing the appropriate instructions concerning the composition of the delegation, Serhii Vlasenko and Yelena Kondratiuk were unable to attend the PACE session.

According to him, Thorbjorn Jagland will prepare a request to the Council of Europe Committee for the Prevention of Torture in relation to the situation in Ukraine and will make a separate report on this issue at the PACE session.

 
 
 
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