Ukraine's Tymoshenko probed for abuse of office

December 15, 2010 18:34

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office on Wednesday announced it had launched a criminal probe of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko over abuse of office allegations.

Tymoshenko said after questioning Wednesday that the probe centers around her alleged misspending of $280 million (€200 million) received for the sale of carbon credits under the Kyoto Protocols.

Tymoshenko has admitted that she used the money to pay pensions amid a severe recession, but said all the funds were later returned and spent on environmental needs.

Tymoshenko dismissed the probe as "terror against the opposition" by President Viktor Yanukovych. A number of former officials in her government have been investigated, questioned and jailed since he came to power.

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