Daughter Not Allowed To Meet Jailed Ukraine's Ex-Premier

KHARKIV, Ukraine -- The daughter of Ukraine's jailed ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been denied permission to meet her mother who is serving a seven-year sentence in a prison in the country's east.

Yulia Tymoshenko's daughter Yevgenia.

Tymoshenko, 51, convicted in October for power abuse in signing a 2009 gas deal with Russia, was transferred from a pre-trial detention center in the capital Kiev to a women's jail in eastern Ukraine on December 30.

"I can't get a permission to visit my mum. Only investigator could issue this permission, but it's impossible to get him on the phone," Russia's RIA Novosti news agency quoted Tymoshenko's lawyer daughter Yevgenia as saying on Tuesday.

Tymoshenko's lawyer Sergei Vlasenko said she was under a 24-hour surveillance in her cell where she had not any sleep for almost three days as light was always switched on.

Vlasenko said her health had deteriorated to the point when she could not get up from bed.

Some media reports said she appeared in a wheelchair during the transfer but the pre-trial detention center authorities denied the information.

She traveled in a comfortable mini-bus, followed by a car with her 12 suitcases, the press service of the state penitentiary service said.

Source: RTT News

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Richard said…
This is insane and completely unbelievable that in this day and age Ukrainian authorities unleash such criminal punishment on a political opposition leader.
Richard said…
This is insane and completely unbelievable that in this day and age Ukrainian authorities unleash such criminal punishment on a political opposition leader.