Tymoshenko accused of Ukraine murders

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Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine’s jailed former prime minister, is now facing accusations of having paid for the contract killing of a politician and two others in 1996. Renat Kuzmin, a deputy prosecutor, said companies controlled by Tymoshenko and Pavlo Lazarenko, another ex-prime minister, had transferred money to pay the killers of Yevhen Shcherban, who was shot to death at an airport with his wife and an aide. “We have reliable information that the same accounts that Tymoshenko used to purchase jewellery and expensive items, were used to pay money to the killers’ accounts for the murder,” Kuzmin said. Tymoshenko, 51, is serving a seven-year sentence after being convicted of abuse of…

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