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New charges brought against former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko are not politically motivated, and her guilt or innocence will be established solely in court.
Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka announced this at a meeting with representatives of the foreign diplomatic missions in Ukraine of such countries as Austria, Bulgaria, Russia, Greece, Latvia, Poland, France, Britain, Denmark, the United States, Estonia, Italy, Romania, Sweden Slovenia, Spain, Canada, Germany, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and the EU Delegation to Ukraine, , UKRINFORM news agency reported.
The event was attended by health minister Raisa Bohatyriova and chairman of the State Penitentiary Service Oleksandr Lisitskov, the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office reported.
Pshonka informed representatives of foreign states that on January 18, 2013, Tymoshenko was handed a notification on the suspicion of organizing the large-scale embezzlement of another's property through abuse of office, upon preliminary collusion with a group of individuals and that in 1996, when she served as president of the United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU), jointly and by prior agreement with former Ukrainian first deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko, ordered and organized the murder of Ukrainian MP Yevhen Shcherban.
Pshonka said that Tymoshenko's rights, including her right to a defense, had not been violated when she was given the notification.
At the same time, the prosecutor general said that according to the provisions of the new Criminal Procedure Code, the rights of the defense team had been significantly expanded.
He said that the criminal case will be submitted to court only after all proceedings are conducted in accordance with law.
In addition, Ukrainian health minister Raisa Bohatyriova informed diplomats about the latest findings of the international medical commission on Tymoshenko's condition. "According to Bohatyriova, the patient's health allows her to participate in the investigation," the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office reported.
The head of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine, in turn, informed representatives of foreign countries about the conditions of the prisoner's detention in Ukrzaliznytsia's Central Clinical Hospital No. 5 in Kharkiv and Kachanivska Penal colony. He also showed a video recording of how Tymoshenko received the notification, adding that procedural requirements were not violated.