After Visiting Tymoshenko, European Official Says Ukraine’s Jailed Ex-PM Needs More Privacy

KIEV, Ukraine — A European official says Ukrainian authorities are impinging on the privacy of imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Mailis Reps

Mailis Reps, a rapporteur for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, visited Tymoshenko this week in the hospital room where she is being treated for a chronic back condition.

Reps told reporters Thursday that there are three cameras in Tymoshenko’s room and that people are present at all times, making Tymoshenko uncomfortable.

Reps says that one of the recommendations she will make is that authorities “respect her privacy more.”

Tymoshenko’s seven-year sentence for abuse of office has been widely criticized in the West as the result of a politically motivated case.

Some European officials and governments have vowed to boycott this summer’s European soccer championships in Ukraine to protest her imprisonment.

Source: The Washington Post