An ally of jailed former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been found guilty of abusing his powers.
One-time defence minister, Valery Ivashchenko, was convicted by a Kiev court over his handling of the privatisation of a ship repair facility.
Like Tymoshenko, a judge found he had abused his powers whilst in office.
His family and his supporters branded the verdict as “unjust and politically motivated,” believing it was an attempt by President Viktor Yanukovich to sideline his opponents.
Voldoymyr Fesenko, an analyst with the Penta Centre for Applied Political Studies, thinks commercial interests could also be at stake.
“In this case, we are not talking about political, but also business conflicts,” he told euronews. “The punishment of people who took the ‘wrong’ decisions whilst in office and appear to favour one political force.”