September 5, 2017 / 10:53 AM / a year ago

Ukraine drops tax probe of finance minister - finance ministry

KIEV, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Ukrainian prosecutors have ended an inquiry into Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk over alleged tax evasion after failing to find any evidence of wrongdoing, his press service said on Tuesday.

The investigation was launched in July at the request of lawmaker Tetiana Chornovol, a member of former Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk’s “People’s Front” party.

Danylyuk, who became finance minister after Yatseniuk’s ouster in April 2016, denied the charges and hinted they were linked to his efforts to crack down on corruption.

In a statement his press service said “the case has been closed due to a lack of circumstances constituting a breach of law.”

The General Prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Since becoming finance minister, Danylyuk, a former investment manager who has also served as a deputy head of President Petro Poroshenko’s administration, has backed reforms required under a $17.5 billion bailout programme from the International Monetary Fund.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Jon Boyle

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