Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg has confirmed reports that the husband of Ukraine’s jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has asked for asylum in the Czech Republic.
Earlier, the Czech daily “Pravo” said Oleksandr Tymoshyenko asked for asylum at the end of last year. The Reuters news agency quoting a Czech government source also carried the same report.
“Pravo” said on January 6 that the Czech interior and foreign ministers discussed the issue on January 4.
“Pravo’s” website says it is “very likely” Oleksandr Tymoshenko, a 51-year-old businessman who also has business interests in the Czech Republic, will be granted asylum.