Why Y. Tymoshenko is still in jail?
Due to the unfair contracts signed by Yulia Tymoshenko in 2009, Ukraine will be overpaying from 3 to 5 billion USD for the gas annually up to the year 2019.
On April 10, 2012, at 11:00, the press conference of the Ukrainian officials will be held at the premise of NCI European Parliament in Brussels with the participation of the European journalists, experts and community leaders. The topic of the press conference is «Why Y. Tymoshenko is still in the jail?»
The results of the work of experts from the Provisional Investigatory Commission that worked during the last year under aegis of the Parliament of Ukraine will be presented to the European public. These results have already been reported to the Ukrainian Parliament's deputies on March 20, 2012. After hearing the report of the Provisional Investigatory Commission on probing the signing of gas contracts between Naftogaz Ukrainy and Gazprom, 266 people's deputies out of 450 agreed with the Commission's arguments and decided to send the report to the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine and to the Security Service of Ukraine for the further investigation. The results of investigation were approved as by the representatives of the official authorities, so by the opposition.
The Ukrainian Parliament decided to send the text of the report to the heads of the European States and to the EU authorities. These are the results of the work of parliamentary Provisional Investigatory Commission.
Taking into consideration the great public response to the signing of gas contracts between Russia and Ukraine in 2009, the Provisional Investigatory Commission has been working for the period from March 2011 to March 20, 2012 in accordance with the following principles:
à) The Commission's conclusions were made solely on the basis of documents received through official channels;
b) The Commission's work was carried out with the participation of the representatives of the governmental bodies as well as the opposition in an open mode, inviting the mass media and publishing the materials;
c) The Commission has used all means to establish the actual circumstances of signing of gas contracts, which were legally presented to the Commission; and it was legitimate, and plenipotentiary during its all meetings.
The results of the Commission's work had shown that during the negotiations and signing of the gas contracts the Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko violated the following rules:
à) concealed from the public and the authorities the facts of the conflict of interests and dependence on Russia - namely, the debt of her private companies to the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation in amount of 405 million US dollars and the criminal case on a charge of bribery;
á) held secret negotiations with the Prime Minister of Russia, in the result of which she agreed on signing of the unfair contracts that violated the provisions of the previous international agreements;
â) knowing that the government of Ukraine had refused to approve the Directives on signing of the contracts, approved them personally, though, only the Cabinet of Ministers, as the collegial body, has the right for such approval;
ã) put pressure on the head of the company and made him sign the contracts, threatening him with the dismissal.
In accordance with the comparative analysis of the Criminal Code of Ukraine and other European countries it was proved that 11 EU member states have articles providing the punishment under the criminal law for such crimes.
During our press conference you will learn other conclusions of the Commission, as well as you will have an opportunity to ask questions to the Head of the Commission – member of the Parliament of Ukraine Inna Bogoslovska.
The press conference will be held at the address:
NCI European Parliament,
Square de Meeus 38/40,
The journalists may register for the participation at the press conference by sending request to the following e-mail:
Press Contact: Naomi Woznyanska