The First Secretary of Ukraine's embassy in Slovakia, Oksana Lishchyshyn had been fired over her reported involvement in a cigarette smuggling case, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said.
'She was dismissed for breaking the oath, it's linked to the smuggling episode. The results of the internal investigation are the reasons for it', Prystaiko said.
Oksana Lishchyshyn's activity is also investigated by Ukrainian prosecutors. As Prystaiko stated, so far the law enforcers haven't provided the Ministry with their conclusions on the matter.
'I really hope that the Prosecution and the court will give Lishchyshyn an appropriate verdict', the Deputy Minister said.
Last May border guards discovered USD 35,000 worth of cigarettes in a car, driven by a Ukrainian man holding diplomatic passports, at the Ukrainian-Hungarian border. This was reported by the State Fiscal Service in the Zakarpattia region.
The driver turned out to be Oksana Lishchyshyn's husband, who said the vehicle had a diplomatic cargo and he refused to grant the customs officials access to his car without permission and presence of Ukraine's Foreign Ministry representatives.
The report claims it was Oksana Lishchyshyn who had signed a letter confirming that the detainee transported a diplomatic cargo in his car.