Ukraine ex-PM Tymoshenko faces fresh criminal probe

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Posted: Jul 05, 2011 11:24 AM
Ukraine ex-PM Tymoshenko faces fresh criminal probe

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's state security service SBU said Tuesday it had launched a criminal case linked to the affairs of an energy company once run by former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

It said in a statement that the company, United Energy Systems of Ukraine, along with some former government officials, had tried to steal $405 million from the state budget.

Tymoshenko, a popular opposition politician, is on trial over abuse of office charges related to a 2009 gas deal with Russia. She has dismissed all charges as politically motivated.

(Writing by Olzhas Auyezov)