Ukraine prosecutors close criminal investigation acting prime minister

Ukraine prosecutors close criminal investigation acting prime minister

[JURIST] Ukraine prosecutors announced Friday that the criminal investigation into President Viktor Yushchenko's nominee for prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [official website] and her family will be closed. The investigations began in May 2004 following allegations that Tymoshenko attempted to bribe a judge to end court proceedings against a former associate. Prosecutors have also dropped fraud, embezzlement and tax evasion charges against Tymoshenko's husband and father-in-law. Criminal charges are still pending against Tymoshenko in Russia [JURIST report], where she has been accused of bribing Russian Defense Ministry officials in the mid-1990s. The Kyiv Post has more.