Danylyshyn granted political asylum

Ukraine's former economy minister Bohdan Danylyshyn has been granted political asylum in the Czech Republic, Radio Liberty has reported, citing his lawyer. The decision to grant political asylum was taken by the Czech Interior Ministry. Mr Danylyshyn is now awaiting a ruling by a court in Prague regarding his release from custody. Ukraine's former economy minister, who served in the government led by former prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from 2007 to 2010, was put on the state and international wanted list in August 2010. He was detained in the Czech Republic at Interpol's request in October. Ms Tymoshenko and her party then appealed to the Czech government with a request to grant him political asylum. This week, the Prague City Court again refused to release Mr Danylyshyn on bail, as Czech authorities feared that he might flee the Czech Republic.

Author: Jan Velinger