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27.03.2013

Justice Ministry confirms Tymoshenko case tender shenanigans

   

The publc hearing in the Case of Tymoshenko v. Ukraine 

The Justice Ministry has confirmed that it held the “tender” for the services of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates for services in the case of Tymoshenko v. Ukraine after the services were provided.

The First Deputy Justice Minister Inna Yemelyanovya told «Тендер News».  that they will now receive a contract for 10.2 million UAH which will be paid.

The programme’s journalists point out that “this totally contradicts the logic of public procurement. It turns out that the Justice Ministry at its own discretion, without competition, engaged Skadden in the case. The American lawyers worked, and then, on the pretext that they were au fait with the whole case, a year later held a public procurement tender with only one bidder and allocated 10 million UAH for services already provided.”  The explanation given was that the services were needed because the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Tymoshenko v. Ukraine on 31 May 2012 and 11 July 2012 posed additional questions.”

The public were told that Skadden would received less than 100 thousand UAH (with 1 USD around 7-8 UAH,  

On 11 March the Justice Ministry signed a contract for 10.2 million UAH.

More information here http://khpg.org/index.php?id=1363784598 and at http://www.khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1363215320 about this and other similar  taxpayer-funded expenses. 

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