Former Prime Minister of Spain Jose Maria Aznar (L) gives a speech as Aleksander Kwasniewski, former President of Poland, looks on during the opening session of the XIX Economic Forum on September 9th, 2009 in Krynica, Poland.
Former President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski has arrived at Kyiv Court of Appeals to observe a hearing of an appeal of former Acting Defense Minister of Ukraine Valeriy Ivaschenko against his conviction by Pechersky District Court of Kyiv.
According to an Interfax-Ukraine reporter, Kwasniewski refrained from commentaries at the sitting of Kyiv Court of Appeals on the Ivaschenko case on Tuesday, Aug. 14.
At a preliminary hearing, the judge announced that Kwasniewski wanted to be present at the hearing of the appeal.
Earlier, Kwasniewski said that he wanted to attend court hearings of cases against former official of the government that was chaired by Yulia Tymoshenko.
As reported, on April 12, 2012, Pechersky District Court in Kyiv sentenced Ivaschenko to five years in prison and deprived him of the right to hold public posts for three years.
On August 20, 2010, the Prosecutor General's Office opened a criminal case against Ivaschenko under Part 2, Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (abuse of power or office)
In November 2009, Ivaschenko signed a bailout plan concerning the sale of the property of the Defense Ministry's state-owned enterprise Feodosiya shipbuilding and mechanical plant, including strategically important infrastructure facilities, including three moorings, bomb shelters and a building for the storage of mobilization reserves.