Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) issued permission to the former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko and leader of the Batkivshchina opposition party, to visit Brussels on March 23-25. Earlier, Tymoshenko repeatedly requested permission to travel to Brussels but was rejected the right to leave the country based on the recognizance not to leave. In Brussels Yulia Tymoshenko will attend a European People’s Party (EPP) summit.
Yulia Tymoshenko is under house arrest since December 22, 2010, accused of misappropriation of money received by Ukraine under the Kyoto Protocol – money for environmental programs. In addition, Yulia Tymoshenko is charged with embezzlement of state funds while procuring ambulances at inflated prices. She is threatened with a prison term of up to five years. The persecution of Tymoshenko is clearly aimed at removing her from politics prior to the September 2012 Parliamentary elections and the January 2015 presidential contest.