MEP calls for solutions over demise of US journalist in Ukraine

28 MEP calls for solutions over demise of US journalist in Ukraine

Bernhard Zimniok has known as for an impartial probe into the Kiev’s alleged torture and killing of Gonzalo Lira

German MEP Bernhard Zimniok has pressed for an impartial investigation into the demise of a US journalist who was imprisoned in Ukraine for his vital protection of President Vladimir Zelensky’s authorities, saying the case “vividly” exhibits that Kiev is out of step with European values.

Talking throughout Tuesday’s European Parliament debate on a stalled assist package deal for Ukraine, Zimniok famous that journalist Gonzalo Lira was allegedly tortured and imprisoned by the Kiev authorities and died after being denied mandatory medical care. He advised EU lawmakers that an investigation needs to be carried out beneath the auspices of the Group for Safety and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

The German MEP additionally demanded “an instantaneous finish to any help for this corrupt state.” He made his feedback as lawmakers debated an EU proposal to offer €50 billion ($54.6 billion) in extra assist to help Ukraine in its battle with Russia. The help plan is scheduled for one more European Council vote on February 1 after it was vetoed by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in December.

Zimniok argued that additional army assist to Ukraine is ill-advised for quite a few causes. “First, anybody who is aware of something can see that Ukraine doesn’t have the slightest probability of successful. In mild of this, it could be fairly brazen to additional overburden our taxpayers.”

A number of different EU critics, akin to Austrian MEP Harald Vilimsky, spoke out in opposition to the help plan. Vilimsky mentioned Ukraine is a “bottomless barrel” for EU assist, and offering extra army help with out making any efforts to finish the battle is just fueling “huge corruption” in Kiev and inflicting extra bloodshed.

Lira, a twin US-Chilean citizen who moved to Ukraine in 2010, had been jailed since Could 2023 on accusations that he had justified Moscow’s army operation in opposition to Kiev. His household reported final week that he had died in jail after affected by pneumonia and a collapsed lung. His father claimed that he had been “tortured” in Ukrainian custody and that US officers “did nothing” to assist him.

The US State Division confirmed Lira’s demise on Saturday however declined to touch upon the circumstances surrounding his incarceration. Gonzalo Lira Sr. advised Tucker Carlson in an interview final month that his son could have sealed his destiny when he criticized not solely Zelensky’s authorities, but in addition US President Joe Biden’s administration. His second arrest got here in Could, shortly after he blasted Biden and US Vice President Kamala Harris.

“Isn’t it odd that 4 days later, after condemning Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, Gonzalo was arrested?” Lira’s father requested. “Why was he not detained earlier? When he was let go the earlier yr, he continued the identical criticism in opposition to the conflict. The USA authorities, with its silence within the face of this scandalous incident, suggests a level of complicity, or at the very least tacit approval, of Gonzalo’s arrest.”

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