Thursday, 9 June 2011

Yuschenko agrees to examination for investigation into his poisoning

Third President of Ukraine (2005-2010) Viktor Yuschenko has agreed to undergo tests as part of the investigation into the criminal case on his poisoning, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Pshonka has announced.

"Ex-President Yuschenko addressed me a few days ago. He wrote a letter, which reads the he is ready to undergo additional tests as part of investigation," the prosecutor general told reporters on Thursday.

He stressed that now, after Yuschenko's agreement, the tests will be held and the investigation will continue.

"If he [Yuschenko] is ready, then we will continue investigating in this criminal case," Pshonka said.

When asked about the exact date of holding the tests, Pshonka said: "I think we will not delay this."

The prosecutor general added that Yuschenko did not explain why he refused to undergo testing for such a long time.

"This was a written address without explanations," Pshonka added.

Earlier Yuschenko met with the leadership of the Ukrainian Security Service on Sept. 5, 2004.

Soon after that, Yuschenko was taken ill and was taken to a Vienna hospital on Sept. 10.

Doctors reportedly said Yuschenko had been poisoned by dioxin about five days before his hospitalization.

Yuschenko later underwent a number of tests, and an examination at the end of May 2006 confirmed the presence of a dioxin in his body.

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka several times confirmed the PGO's intention to take an additional sample of Yuschenko's blood, as part of the investigation in the case.

In December 2010 Pshonka assumed that there was no poisoning of Yuschenko in 2004 and said that an additional blood test should be done to uncover the truth.

In January-February 2011, Yuschenko was interrogated at the PGO on the case on his poisoning.

On April 11, First Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin said that there was no proof in the case on Yuschenko's poisoning and stated that no dioxin was found in Yuschenko's blood.

"If Viktor Andriyovych Yuschenko does not take a blood test, we will have to close the criminal case on his poisoning," Kuzmin said.

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