Another Criminal Case May Be Opened Against Tymoshenko

KIEV, Ukraine -- Renat Kuzmin, the first deputy prosecutor general of Ukraine, has said that another criminal case may be opened against Ukraine's former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, in connection with the purchase of vaccines during the flu epidemic in November 2009.

Yulia Tymoshenko

"The investigation into a criminal case involving schemes in the Health Ministry has been completed. If the investigator gets materials from the U.S. court in Oregon or other official materials on this matter, the criminal case against Tymoshenko related to ambulance vehicles and other abuse in the Health Ministry may be resumed. If there are enough grounds, another criminal case may be opened," Kuzmin said in the Ukrainian parliament on Wednesday.

The first deputy prosecutor general did not rule out that these criminal cases, in particular the one on fraud during the procurement of ambulance cars and that involving money from the Kyoto Protocol, could be combined into one.

"But they in no way can be merged with the case on gas contracts," he said.

As reported, the ex-premier is charged with the misuse of funds received by Ukraine under the Kyoto Protocol, abuse of office while purchasing Opel Combo vehicles against government guarantees, and the abuse of power during the conclusion of gas contracts with Russia in 2009.

Source: Interfax