Tymoshenko probed for abuse of office

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Dec. 16, 2010, 6:13 a.m. | Ukraine — by Associated Press

Yulia Tymoshenko said after questioning that the probe centres around her alleged misspending of $280 million

Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office says it has launched a criminal probe of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko over alleged abuse of office. Tymoshenko said after questioning Wednesday that the probe centres around her alleged misspending of $280 million (€200 million) received for the sale of carbon credits under the Kyoto protocol.

Tymoshenko has admitted that she used the money to pay pensions amid a severe recession, but said all the funds were later returned and spent on environmental needs.

Tymoshenko dismissed the probe as "terror against the opposition" by President Viktor Yanukovych. A number of former officials in her government have been investigated, questioned and jailed since he came to power.
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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2010, 11:06 a.m.    

Gos save us from these monsters!

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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2010, 11:07 a.m.    

Sorry, of course I meant &quot;God&quot;.

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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2010, 2:57 p.m.    

Unfortunately after the Japanese officially complained about the AAUs she personally signed the deal over and the contractual agreements within the sale, it is not as easy to sweep under the carpet as an internal matter.

I am sure the current government would prefer her to come out of this OK and the investigation (which is all it currently is) find her at no fault.

She, after all, is the biggest reason for the lack of unity within the opposition ranks, so to remove her could turn out to be shooting themselves in the foot by allowing some form of unity in her absence.

Unfortunately when a nation like Japan makes an official complaint (as it did)there is little option but to have an official investigation.

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