KIEV, January 21 (Itar-Tass) — Former Prime Minister and opposition Batkivshchina party leader Yulia Timoshenko’s lawyer, MP Sergei Vlasenko said criminal charges have been brought against him.
“Criminal cases have already been opened,” he said at a press conference on Monday, January 21.
According to Vlasenko, he has been charged with having failed to fulfill a court ruling and with robbery.
“These charges [robbery] entail up to seven years in prison and one can be arrested right away,” he said.
However, Vlasenko is an MP and has to be stripped of his immunity before he can be charged.
Vlasenko believes that the main purpose of this move is to arrest him and “remove [me] as Yulia Timoshenko’s counsel for defence”.
On January 15, Kiev’s District Administrative Court forbade Vlasenko to leave the country and prohibited the Foreign Ministry to issue a diplomatic passport in his name.
The judge made the ruling following a lawsuit filed by Vlasenko’s ex-wife Natalia Okunskaya, who had accused him of failure to pay alimony for their two children. Vlasenko refused to comment.