Ukrainian authorities seize assets of former premier, minister

09:38, July 01, 2011      

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Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko adjusts her glasses as she attends a pre-trial hearing at a city court in Kiev June 25, 2011. Ukraine authorities seized assets owned by former Premier Yulia Tymoshenko and former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko as part of a pre-trial investigation, Deputy Prosecutor General Mykhailo Gavrilyuk said here Friday. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Ukraine authorities seized assets owned by former Premier Yulia Tymoshenko and former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko as part of a pre-trial investigation, Deputy Prosecutor General Mykhailo Gavrilyuk said here Friday.

Gavrilyuk said Lutsenko caused damage to the state estimated at 122,000 U.S. dollars, and property, including his apartment, with a total value of 200,000 dollars had been seized.

Gavrilyuk said his office was still valuing the property seized from Tymoshenko. The deputy prosecutor general estimated the losses Tymoshenko caused to Ukraine by buying gas at unsuitable market prices in 2009 to be 187 million dollars.

Both Tymoshenko and Lutsenko are accused of abusing power.

On Wednesday, Ukraine's lawmakers announced Tymoshenko would face from seven to ten years imprisonment on the charges, which involve gas contracts with Russia.

There are three criminal cases instituted against the former Ukrainian premier.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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