17:45 20.12.2010

Tymoshenko says she is charged with misuse of 'green money'

Leader of the Batkivschyna Party and former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko has said that she has been charged with the misuse of budget funds intended for ecological purposes.

While leaving the Main Investigation Department of the General Prosecutor's Office on Monday, where she was called for questioning, Tymoshenko said that she was prohibited from leaving the country.

Tymoshenko said that the charges against her were fanciful, as the receipts from the sale of environmental quotas came to a single treasury account that is used for financing all government spending, including pensions.

"Money from the Kyoto Protocol was not used. We used the funds from the single treasury account…" she said, noting that the funds were used to pay pensions.

The questioning of Tymoshenko lasted for more than two hours, a correspondent of Interfax-Ukraine reported.

The Prosecutor General's Office earlier opened a criminal case against Batkivschyna Party leader the former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko over the misuse of funds received by her government from the sale of quotas for greenhouse gases under the Kyoto Protocol. According to the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office, Tymoshenko was ordered not to leave Kyiv.

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