The Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) has opened a criminal case against Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on suspicion of abuse of power, learned from the PGO press service Wednesday evening.
The charges against the ex-prime minister are brought under Part 3 Article 365 of the Criminal Code (abuse of power or official authority, which entailed grave consequences). A pre-trial restraint - recognizance not to leave - was imposed on the suspect.
Tymoshenko herself specified the criminal case has been opened for allegedly embezzlement of assets allocated under the Kyoto Protocol, according to Tymoshenko's official website.
Tymoshenko says PGO opened criminal case against her on embezzlement of 'environmental money'
Leader of the Batkivschyna Party Yulia Tymoshenko has said that the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine has opened a criminal case accusing her of embezzlement of assets allocated under the Kyoto Protocol.
"Today I found out that the repression of the opposition continue at the Prosecutor General's Office. I have just learned from investigators that a criminal case has been opened against me for allegedly spending environmental money on pensions during the [financial] crisis," Tymoshenko told reporters after an interrogation at the Main Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine on Wednesday.
According to Tymoshenko, investigators of the Prosecutor General's Office wanted to bring charges against her, but they did not do so only because the procedure for such an investigative action requires the presence of a lawyer.
Criminal proceedings keep Tymoshenko from participating in EPP summit
A human rights activist, former rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for Ukraine (1995-2007) Hanne Severinsen has urged the Ukrainian authorities to stop intimidating its political rivals.
Severinsen said this in a letter sent to the Ukrayinska Pravda Internet Publication on Wednesday.
"I was very disappointed to learn that the Ukrainian government has brought criminal charges against opposition leader and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and that Tymoshenko was asked not to leave Kyiv on the eve of the summit of the European People's Party in Brussels," Severinsen said in her letter.
According to her, these are anti-democratic, non-European methods used by the Ukrainian authorities to prevent the opposition leader from travelling abroad to participate in important international events.
"As president, Viktor Yanukovych has repeatedly promised to comply with the European standards, I urge him to keep his promises and to return to the legal and democratic field, and stop intimidating political rivals," Serevinsen said.
As reported, the Prosecutor General's Office opened a criminal case against Tymoshenko charging her with the embezzlement of funds allocated under the Kyoto Protocol.
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