KYIV, Ukraine, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Viktor Yanukovych believes that Yulia
Tymoshenko should have an opportunity to go to Brussels. "If she has a
desire to go, then she shouldn't be denied the right to move with no
restrictions," said Ukrainian President to the journalists.
When asked by reporters about the situation with the criminal
persecution of the former prime minister of Ukraine, and now an
opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine's President Viktor
Yanukovych expressed his concern about the decisions made by the
Prosecutor General's Office that investigates allegations of misuse of
state budget funds. Viktor Yanukovych told journalists that he
particularly voiced his concern during a recent meeting with an
"I am frustrated with the choice of the Prosecutor General with regards
to his sanctions against Yulia Tymoshenko. The fight against corruption
should be conducted regardless of political views and colors of the
party flags. This investigation should be respectful of those people
whose activities are being investigated and should impeccably follow
the letter of the law," - said Victor Yanukovych.
The Ukrainian leader stressed that fighting corruption should be devoid
of politics. He also mentioned that this case should not allow for the
public to have an impression about the selective criminal persecution.
Victor Yanukovych said, that he had talked to some leaders of European
institutions, who would be willing to see Tymoshenko in Brussels. "I
believe she should have such an opportunity. If she has a desire to go,
then she shouldn't be denied the right to move with no restrictions,"
highlighted the Ukrainian leader.
Suffice it to say, that the investigator at the Prosecutor General's
Office did not grant the request of Yulia Tymoshenko to allow her to
travel outside Ukraine based on sanctions against her - the
recognizance not to leave.
Tymoshenko is accused of misappropriation of hundreds of millions of
dollars received by Ukraine under the Kyoto Protocol, which should have
been invested into environmental programs. In addition, Yulia
Tymoshenko is charged with embezzlement of state funds while procuring
ambulances at inflated prices.
Earlier, an international audit of Tymoshenko's government has revealed
numerous financial irregularities including failure to follow proper
tender procedures while making state procurements.
SOURCE Press Office of the President of Ukraine
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