Prosecutor's General Office has renewed the investigation on the case against former PM Yulia Tymoshenko regarding tax evasion, GPO spokesman Yuri Boichenko told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports.

"The case was opened in 2001, but on the wave of Orange Revolution then-prosecutor Svyatoslav Piskun closed it in December 2004-January 2005. Now the prosecution believes the case was closed illegally. The matter concerns tax evasion at the amount of 20 million hryvnias and illegal VAT recovery at the amount of 25 million hryvnias," he said.

According to Boichenko, the prosecution presumes Piskun closed the case under the pressure of the events of 2004-2005 (Orange revolution - ed.). "I cannot estimate the actions of then-Prosecutor general, but the pretrial investigation can," he said. At the same time, according to Boichenko, being a member of the parliament Svyatoslav Piskun cannot be brought to criminal responsibility, including on Tymoshenko's case.

Summing up, the GPO spokesman informed that Yulia Tymoshenko appears in four criminal cases. "Kyiv Pechersk court issued the decision on one of them. Then there is a case on purchasing ambulances and usage of Kyoto money. Tymoshenko's lawyers are now studying the materials. Then, SBU is investigating the case on debts of the United Energy systems. And finally, the tax police is working on the case, instituted by Prosecutor's General Office, on tax evasion," Boichenko explained.

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