Ukrainian former Economy Minister granted asylum in the Czech Republic


The Czech Interior Ministry has confirmed that Bohdan Danylyshyn, Minister of Economy in Yulia Tymoshenko’s Government has been granted political asylum in the Czech Republic. He said that no further comments are ever issued on specific asylum cases.

A warrant for Danylyshyn was issued in August and he was detained by the Czech authorities in October.

Reuters reports that Yury Lutsenko said in November that Danylyshyn was under investigation over accusations of abuse of office and theft, and has suggested that the action had been ordered by the new leadership.

As reported here, Yury Lutsenko was arrested by 11 Security Service Special Force officers on 26 November while walking his dog near his home.  He was remanded in custody for two months on grounds which have elicited statements of concern from human rights groups within Ukraine and representatives of foreign governments.

Earlier this week the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele stated at a press conference in Kyiv that legislation should not be used for political purposes and said that the European Union shares the concerns expressed earlier by the US State Department.

See the links below for more information about these and other criminal investigations against former officials in Tymoshenko’s government.

Information about the political asylum reported by Reuters and the Ukrainian Service of Radio Svoboda

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