Ex-Minister Danylyshyn Believes Criminal Case Against Him Was Ordered

KIEV, Ukraine -- Former Economy Minister Bohdan Danylyshyn believes that the criminal case against him was ordered by former leaders of the Tender Chamber of Ukraine.

Bohdan Danylyshyn

"I think that the criminal proceedings against me were ordered. I think that former leaders of the Tender Chamber had a hand in these orders," Danylyshyn said in an exclusive interview with 1+1 TV Channel broadcasted on Sunday night.

However, he refused to give their names. "Why should I name them, everybody knows them already. Who was the head of the Tender Chamber [at that time]," the former minister said.

"One of the top officials of the Tender Chamber threatened to have me dead in my office," he added.

Danylyshyn, who served as economy minister in the government of Yulia Tymoshenko in 2007-2010., was put on domestic and international wanted list in August 2010. On October 19, 2010, he was detained in the Czech Republic at the request of Interpol.

The Czech Republic has granted political asylum to Danylyshyn. Ukraine insists on his extradition.

Source: Interfax