Danylyshyn refused bail

A Prague court has refused bail for former Ukrainian economy minister Bohdan Danylyshyn who was detained in Prague earlier this year on an Interpol arrest warrant. The former minister, who is accused of abuse of office at home, had offered 250,000 crowns in bail and a pledge that he would not try to leave the country. Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg recently confirmed that Mr. Danylyshyn has asked for political asylum in the Czech Republic.

Danylyshyn is not the first member of the former administration to face such charges – several other former high ranking-officials have been the target of similar accusations since Yulia Tymoshenko’s long-time opponent Viktor Yanukovich defeated her in a tight presidential race in January of this year. The opposition says the charges are part of a political vendetta against Tymoshenko’s party.