Monday, December 13, 2004
Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko called for a serious investigation to determine how he was poisoned by dioxin, but urged it be conducted after the December 26 presidential run-off election to avoid influencing the results.
"I don't want this factor to influence the election in some way - either as a plus or a minus," Yuschenko said in Russian as he left the clinic and headed back to Kiev.
It is a matter of record that his Austrian doctor had, up till Sunday, refused to say that he had been poisoned. On Sunday we were told that tests carried out that day proved that he had dioxin (though paradoxically that his liver now contained no dioxins). Why this was verifiable by tests now but not previously wasn't asked. The Scotsman report also said that this use of dioxin as a deliberate poison was "unique".