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Timoshenko to serve sentence on common conditions

October 26, 2011, 15:55 UTC+3
“At the present moment no separate conditions for the sentence of such convicts or the creation of some concrete penitentiaries for them are not in question
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KIEV, October 26 (Itar-Tass) —— Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko will serve a sentence on common conditions, if the court verdict enters in full force, assistant chief of the State Penitentiary Service Igor Andrushko said on Wednesday.

“At the present moment no separate conditions for the sentence of such convicts or the creation of some concrete penitentiaries for them are not in question. This question is not considered, I do not have such information,” he noted. Andrushko noted that the legislation determines only one category of convicts, namely the former law enforcers for which separate penitentiaries are created.

On October 11, the Pechorsky District Court of Kiev sentenced Timoshenko to seven years in prison for abuse of power in the signing of the gas contracts with Russia in 2009.

But already on October 12, the Ukrainian Security Service opened a new criminal case against Timoshenko for shouldering the debts of the United Energy Systems of Ukraine corporation, which the latter headed in 1995-1997, on the Ukrainian budget. The investigators accused the former prime minister of the transfer of the United Energy Systems of Ukraine debts of 405.5 million dollars for the Russian Defence Ministry to the state budget.

On October 20, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office cancelled the illegal ruling to terminate the criminal case against Timoshenko over the misappropriation of more than 25 million hryvni (3.1 million dollars) of budget funds and the evasion of more than 20 million hryvni (2.5 million dollars) of taxes through a criminal financial scheme for the gas payments by the UES of Ukraine corporation and concealing the revenues from its offshore company. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office appeals the unlawful court rulings over dropping other episodes of criminal activities in this criminal case. Timoshenko is charged under two articles – Article 191 Part 5 and Article 212 Part 3 of the Ukrainian Criminal Code. The first article envisages up to 12 years in prison and the second one – up to eight years in prison.

Meanwhile, the Prosecutor General’s Office may resume another two criminal cases against Timoshenko over the misappropriation of the so-called ‘Kyoto money’ and ambulances. The criminal cases were suspended until a final verdict in ‘the gas case’.

On October 25, Timoshenko’s lawyers filed a repeated appeal against the verdict of the Pechorsky District Court on the so-called ‘gas case’. Chief of Timoshenko’s lawyers Sergei Vlasenko noted that “the appeal on about 100 pages brought together the facts of violations at all stages of the criminal case from the investigation to the trial.”

Timoshenko signed the main appeal and passed it to the court through the detention centre authorities on Monday. Timoshenko has been kept at the detention centre since August 5, 2011. First deputy chairman of the Batkivshchina Party Alexander Turchinov elaborated that this was done “for the appeal not to be lost, as you should know and understand these authorities, therefore, the lawyers passed a parallel appeal in the court.”

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