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KIEV, August 10 (Itar-Tass) — The Ukrainian Central Elections Commission has refused to register as a parliament candidate ex-Ukrainian Prime Minister, Hromada Party leader Pavel Lazarenko. The decision of Central Elections Commission members was unanimous.
Lazarenko has been doing time at a U.S. prison since 1999 on money laundering charges. He will be released this fall. Meanwhile, the Central Elections Commission registered 42 Hromada candidates for the election of October 28.
The Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office is investigating the possible involvement of two ex-premiers, Lazarenko and Yulia Timoshenko, in the organization of the murder of parliament deputy Yevgeny Shcherban in 1996, First Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin said earlier.
“Lazarenko and Timoshenko are suspected of being involved in the organization of the murder of deputy Yevgeny Shcherban,” he said. “If Pavel Lazarenko returns to Ukraine from the U.S., he will be arrested with a court order on several counts, among them the Shcherban murder. We can’t wait to meet him,” he said.
“The killers testified they committed the crime by Lazarenko’s order in the interests of Timoshenko, and Timoshenko and Lazarenko paid for the killing,” Kuzmin said.