Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Kyiv court fines Tymoshenko’s daughter

Embattled former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s daughter and British rocker son-in-law were fined on Sept. 12 by a court for excavating a tunnel at their restaurant without permission.

As Tymoshenko faces charges for abuse of office in an ongoing trial at Pechersk District Court, Yevhenia Tymoshenko and Sean Carr were ordered by the same court to pay Hr 45.5 costs to Kyiv utility company Khreshchatyk and fill in a tunnel they had created at their Italian restaurant, Ciro’s Pomodoro.

According to Stanislav Tkachenko, a lawyer for the utility company, they had dug a tunnel 3-4 meters long to connect two rooms, which he said was dangerous as it was under the arch.

Tkachenko added that the defendants had already responded to the demands of the utility company and returned the basement to its previous state.

“By and large there is nothing to litigate, but we still doubt if the reconstruction works were performed qualitatively,” he told the journalists before the court hearing on Sept. 12.

Sean Carr told the Kyiv Post by phone he knew nothing about the case and was in England.

A spokeswoman for Ciro’s Pomodoro said she didn't hear about redevelopments at the restaurant or any other problems with the utility company.

Yenhenia Tymoshenko and her husband didn't appear in court, instead sending a lawyer, Svitlana Trokhymchuk, who, however, refused to comment on the case.

Yevhenia Tymoshenko wasn’t available for comment.

During the hearing the party of defendants recognized the demands of the claimant, so the judge Galyna Suprun decided to satisfy the demands of the utility company and closed the case.

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