Ukraine's Former Prime Minister to Attend the European People's Party Meeting in Brussels

By Worldwide News Ukraine, PRNE
Thursday, March 17, 2011

KYIV, Ukraine, March 18, 2011 - Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) issued permission
to the former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko to visit Brussels on
Mar. 23-25. Earlier, Tymoshenko repeatedly requested the Prosecutor General
to allow her to travel to Brussels but was rejected the right to leave the
country based on the recognizance not to leave.

The PGO investigator permitted Yulia Tymoshenko, the leader of
the Batkivshchina opposition party, to leave the country to attend the
European People's Party (EPP) summit in Brussels, which takes place on Mar.
, according to the press service of the GPO.

The former prime minister requested the investigator to permit
her to go to Brussels, Belgium, on Mar. 24th and to Lithuania on June 30th. A
decision concerning Tymoshenko's visit to Lithuania to participate in The
Best Experience of Strengthening Democracy international forum will be made
closer to the dates of the forum, according to GPO. The decision will depend
on the status of the criminal case at the time of the trip.

Previously, the GPO rejected Tymoshenko's request to leave for
Brussels due to the investigative procedures scheduled for the time of the
planned trip and improper, verbal, form of Tymoshenko's invitation to EPP
meetings. She was unable to attend EPP meetings and travel to Brussels in
Dec. 2010 and Feb. 2011.

In February, Ukraine's President voiced his concern about the
decisions made by the PGO that investigates allegations of misuse of state
budget funds by Tymoshenko.

Tymoshenko is accused of misappropriation of hundreds of
millions of dollars received by Ukraine under the Kyoto Protocol, which
should have been invested into environmental programs. In addition, Yulia
is charged with embezzlement of state funds while procuring
ambulances at inflated prices.

Earlier, an international audit of Tymoshenko's government has
revealed numerous financial irregularities including failure to follow proper
tender procedures while making state procurements.

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