"The audit by the Japanese confirmed that the money is where it should be and was never written off or moved. These are official documents that are part of the criminal case," Yulia Tymoshenko said outside the prosecutor’s office, accoding to her official website.
She said the investigator confirmed that these documents are in the case files.
Yulia Tymoshenko added that the Japanese Embassy in Ukraine asked the current government for information about the use of the environmental funds in question and received a written response that all the money is in the accounts of the Ministry of Environment and State Treasury of Ukraine.
"After a year of audits and inspections and interrogations of government official of all levels they could find no evidence that I violated the law, abused office or did anything corrupt," Yulia Tymoshenko said.
"Today representatives of the prosecutor’s office said this money was spent on something other than pensions. It’s strange when representatives of the government and especially the prosecutor’s office start fussing this," Yulia Tymoshenko said.
She once again cited the resolution issued in connection with the criminal case against her: "Tymoshenko, acting deliberately and in her own personal interest, single-handedly decided to use part of the money obtained from the sale of greenhouse gas emissions quotas, that were targeted funds, to cover State Budget expenditures, especially commitments to pay pensions."
Yulia Tymoshenko is convinced that the statement made by representatives of the Prosecutor General’s Office is aimed at confusing the public. "I think it simply became uncomfortable for them to jail the leader of one of the biggest opposition parties for paying pensions during the crisis and they’re now trying to alter their previous statements," she said.
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