Ukrainian tax authorities have re-opened four more criminal cases against imprisoned Yulia Tymoshenko, former Prime Minister and opposition leader, less than a month after she was sentenced to seven years in prison for crimes allegedly committed during her time as prime minister.
The four offences allegedly occurred at the time when Yulia Tymoshenko was head of the United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) in the late 1990s. All cases deal with alleged tax evasion. UESU was then the main Ukrainian importer of the Russian natural gas.
The charges were dropped under the statute of limitations some years ago and officially closed by the former Ukrainian General Prosecutor. Moreover, in 2005 the Supreme Court of Ukraine confirmed that the cases were closed in justified way.
New reports, regarding Yulia Tymoshenko’s health, give an account that her health is sharply deteriorating in prison. Recently Yulia Tymoshenko couldn’t even meet her lawyer, Serhiy Vlasenko, because of severe back pain.
On October 11, the Pecherski District Court in Kiev sentenced Yulia Tymoshenko to seven years imprisonment and a fine of $188 million. She was also banned from holding public office for three years.