"The aggressive actions against me, including Kryvorizhstal, are organized and managed from one center – Viktor Yanukovych’s center. And it doesn’t matter who they use to voice the latest accusations," Yulia Tymoshenko told journalists before today’s court hearing.
In her opinion, the hype surrounding the privatization of Kryvorizhstal shows that all the previous criminal cases are falling apart in the absence of evidence against her. "All the cases have fallen apart. In essence they have no social legitimacy because after seeing the live broadcast from the courtroom, people understood that I didn’t not commit a crime and so the government needs new charges. But this looks so absurd. With every new case Yanukovych just looks silly. He doesn’t look like a president, but a person that doesn’t understand what he’s doing in the country," she believes.
The former prime minister called the latest charges by the government a provocation. "This is black PR, black propaganda heard on all the TV channels. Frankly speaking, it doesn’t matter how many criminal cases they have opened or will open – they have no international or Ukrainian legitimacy. Everyone knows this is political repression," said Yulia Tymoshenko.
On Friday, Kyiv's Appeal Administrative Court invalidated the decision of the District Administrative Court of the capital to dismiss the suit of the former head of the State Property Fund, Valentyna Semeniuk-Samsonenko, to former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko on illegality of her order that the SPF sign an additional agreement to the Kryvorizhstal contract of sale.
Kryvorizhstal was illegally privatized in 2004 for $800 million and was returned to the State Property Fund by a court verdict, and then re-privatized at $4.8 billion by the Mittal Steel corporation.
Tymoshenko is now over the trial; she is accused of exceeding her authority when signing gas contracts with Russia in 2009. Tymoshenko is accused of causing on the state losses amounting to more than 188 million dollars.
Two more criminal cases were opened against Tymoshenko concerning the purchase of Opel cars as ambulances and misuse of funds received from the sale of Ukrainian quotas under the Kyoto Protocol.
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