Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is a witness in the case on the murder of Ukrainian MP Yevhen Shcherban, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka told a press conference on Wednesday, UKRINFORM reports.

"Investigative actions are being conducted. She [Tymoshenko] has the status of a witness. In such a situation, the investigation is aimed at finding out who ordered this heinous crime," the prosecutor general said.

He noted that the investigation into this case had not stopped for 17 years, but new circumstances have appeared recently, in particular, the evidence of Shcherban's son, which has to be checked.

The prosecutor general added that when enough evidence in the case is gathered, charges will be brought and the case will be sent to court.

As a reminder, MP Yevhen Shcherban was shot dead on November 3, 1996 in Donetsk Airport upon arrival from Moscow.

In 2003, the Court of Appeals in Luhansk region sentenced Vadym Bolotskykh to life imprisonment for committing this crime.

In October 2011, Ukrainian First Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin said that the Prosecutor General's Office had received documents from the U.S. prosecutor's office confirming Tymoshenko's possible involvement in Shcherban's murder.

In April 2012, Donetsk Regional Council Deputy Ruslan Shcherban (the Party of Regions) submitted a statement to the Prosecutor General's Office pointing to the possible involvement of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the murder of his father, Yevhen Shcherban.

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