Ukraine's previous cabinet headed by Yulia Tymoshenko has illegally allocated 67.6 million hryvnias ($8.46 million) from state reserves to the Justice Ministry intended to cover expenses on advocating Ukraine's interests in foreign courts, the country's Audit Chamber has revealed.

"In breach of state budget laws, the previous government illegally allocated 67.6 million hryvnias to the Justice Ministry from the state budget's reserve fund... intended for advocating the state's rights and interests in foreign courts instead of increasing allocations for budget programs aimed at assuring social guarantees for Ukrainian citizens," the chamber said in a statement issued on Monday, RIA Novosti reported.

Tymoshenko said last week that a criminal case had been opened against her over alleged misuse of public funds intended for ecological programs. She was ordered not to leave the city and to reappear at the Prosecutor's Office.

Ukrainian opposition leaders, including Tymoshenko, have said that the authorities have launched a criminal probe against the ex-premier to intimidate the opposition and settle scores with it.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has earlier said that the government led by Tymoshenko had misused $12 billion.


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