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You're reading: Bohdan Danylyshyn: ‘We can conclude that political persecution exists’

Bohdan Danylyshyn, the former economic minister who served under ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, was released from jail in Prague on Jan. 14, after the Czech Interior Ministry granted him political asylum.

Last year, the general prosecutor accused Danylyshyn of abusing his official powers, incurring Hr 14 million in losses to the state. The accusation involved a one-bid contract to build a parking lot for Terminal D of Kyiv Boryspil Airport. Danylyshyn is also accused of illegal purchases of fuel for the army in 2008.

In August 2009, law enforcement authorities asked Interpol for an international arrest warrant. The Czech police on Oct. 20 arrested Danylyshyn following his meeting with Ukrainian investigators at the Ukrainian Embassy in Prague.

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