Justice minister cannot say when Tymoshenko is to be transferred to penal institution

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Dec. 29, 2011, 1:57 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko
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Ukrainian Justice Minister Oleksandr Lavrynovych cannot forecast when former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko will be transferred from jail to a penal institution to serve her sentences. "When the verdict comes into force, all the documents need to be drawn up, and when the courts have no more questions, there is every reason to send a person to a penal institution. As regards Tymoshenko, there are still a number of criminal cases, and the pre-trial investigation is still underway. Therefore, I cannot predict how this matter will be settled," the minister said at a press conference in Kyiv on Thursday, when asked the question of when, in his opinion, Tymoshenko is to be sent from prison to a penal institution to serve his sentence .

The Penitentiary Service is currently subordinate to the Ministry of Justice.
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