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Ex-premier's daughter: Authorities launch another campaign to discredit Tymoshenko

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Aug. 9, 2012, 6:10 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

The authorities have launched another campaign to discredit former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, her daughter and defense lawyer, Yevhenia Tymoshenko, has said
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KHARKIV – The authorities have launched another campaign to discredit former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, her daughter and defense lawyer, Yevhenia Tymoshenko, has said.

"Fraud, and manipulation of information about my mother, are continuing. Such people as Kuzmin, Portnov and Liovochkin, who are the servants of [President Viktor] Yanukovych, rather than servants of the law, are now trying to start a smear campaign against my mother... Politicians in Europe and the United States have already moved to actions. We know that sanctions are being discussed in the Senate and the European Parliament against Yanukovych and his entourage. Fearing this, they [the authorities], in the face of Kuzmin, are inventing a new smear campaign and blaming my mother for an attack on a [prison] guard, the murder [of Yevhen Scherban] and [faking illness]," she told reporters on Thursday near Ukrzaliznytsia's Central Clinical Hospital No. 5 in Kharkiv, where the former prime minister is receiving treatment.

She declined to answer what incident could serve as grounds for opening a criminal case on Tymoshenko's attack on a prison guard, but suggested that this could be linked to an attempt to forcibly transport Tymoshenko to Kharkiv's hospital in April.

"But how can one believe that such a small woman in whom any sudden movement causes pain, attack s guard three times her size? And instead of investigating her beating, they are unable to prove her guilt in other cases, they again just came up with more laughable things, " said Tymoshenko.

As reported, Ukraine's First Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin said in an interview with the Segodnya newspaper that a criminal investigation had been launched into the case of Tymoshenko's causing bodily injuries to an officer of Kyiv detention facility.

"There is a case on Yulia Tymoshenko causing bodily injuries to a detention facility officer in their line of duty. There are other cases as well. They are also being investigated. And I can assure you that we won't keep back a single case. Each of them will be completed within the time stipulated by the law and forwarded to the courts," he said.

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