Ukraine Wants Former Minister's Asylum Documents From Czechs

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine on Tuesday asked the Czech Republic to explain its decision to grant political asylum to its former economics minister, Bohdan Danylyshyn, an ally of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry

Prague agreed to Danylyshyn's request for political asylum last week.

Kiev wants a copy of an "official decision by the Czech Interior Ministry," Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Voloshyn told reporters.

Ukrainian prosecutors have charged Danylyshyn with abuse of office and misspending $1.75 million of state funds. He was arrested in the Czech Republic on an Interpol warrant in October.

Danylyshyn denied the accusations, saying they are politically motivated.

Several members of Tymoshenko's former cabinet have also been accused of abuse of office.

Tymoshenko, who was ousted as prime minister in a no-confidence vote in March following her narrow defeat to Viktor Yanukovych in last February's presidential election, has been accused of illegally diverting $425 million meant for environmental projects into pension funds.

Former interior minister Yuriy Lutsenko is in custody awaiting trial.

Source: RIA Novosti

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