Former Ukraine P.M. Counterattacks

KIEV, Ukraine -- Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko accused the government Tuesday of corruption and of manufacturing a case against her.

Yulia Tymoshenko

After she lost a no-confidence vote and was ousted as prime minister, Tymoshenko was accused of misuse of public funds.

Tymoshenko talked to reporters after she was questioned by the prosecutor general's office, ForUM reported. She questioned why the cost of building the Olympic National Stadium in Kiev has more than doubled since the estimates made while she was in office.

She suggested the project may be enriching President Viktor Yanukovych and his associates.

"These are expenses that are being laundered through Cyprus into the private offshore accounts of senior officials. And this is all being done right before our eyes," Tymoshenko said.

Tymoshenko also accused Yanukovych of orchestrating the case against her. She said prosecutors have not questioned witnesses or subjected evidence to proper scrutiny.

"The case is being rigged, and at the next stage they want to falsify the verdict. There is no doubt that Viktor Yanukovych is personally managing this case," Tymoshenko said.

Source: UPI

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