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Penitentiary service says Web cameras in Tymoshenko hospital were legally installed

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Sept. 7, 2012, 1:53 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Supporters of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko one covering a poster of her as they take part in a rally outside Ukraine's High Specialized Court on Civil and Criminal Cases in Kyiv Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012.
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The installation of Web cameras in the premises of Ukrzaliznytsia's Central Clinical Hospital No. 5 in Kharkiv, where former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is undergoing treatment, was completely legal, the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine reported on Thursday.

It said that three of the six Web cameras had been installed by representatives of the State Penitentiary Service in accordance with the current legislation in Ukraine.

"Before prisoner Tymoshenko was admitted to the inpatient department of the central clinical hospital, three Web cameras were installed to constantly monitor convicts, ensure the safety of patients and monitor the actions of the staff and security guards of the Kachanivska penal colony. The equipping of the room with video cameras and other means of protection and security meets the requirements of the current legislation," reads the statement.

As reported, the Batkivschyna United Opposition earlier issued a statement in which it claimed that the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine did not know who had set up three of the six Web cameras on the ninth floor of Ukrzaliznytsia's Central Clinical Hospital No. 5 in Kharkiv, where former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is undergoing treatment.

"We're demanding that the government of [Ukrainian President Viktor] Yanukovych stop violating Tymoshenko's right to privacy and other provocative actions with respect to her, determine the names and posts of perverts who are constantly spying on the opposition leader, and open criminal proceedings against the violators," reads the statement.

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