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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cedrik Sept. 7, 2012, 4:41 p.m.    

United States

The reform of harsh felony laws that had originated in Great Britain was deemed "one of the first fruits of liberty" after the United States became independent.[10]

In many parts of the United States, a convicted felon can face long-term legal consequences persisting after the end of their imprisonment, including:
Disenfranchisement (which the Supreme Court interpreted to be permitted by the Fourteenth Amendment)
Exclusion from obtaining certain licenses, such as a visa, or professional licenses required in order to legally operate (making many vocations off-limits to felons)
Exclusion from purchase and possession of firearms, ammunition and body armor
Ineligibility for serving on a jury
Ineligibility for government assistance or welfare, including being barred from federally funded housing
Deportation (if the criminal is not a citizen)

Additionally, most job applications and rental applications ask about felony history, (with the exception of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) and answering dishonestly on them can be grounds for rejecting the application, or termination if the lie is discovered after hire. It is legal to discriminate against felons in hiring decisions as well as the decision to rent housing to a person, so felons face barriers to finding both jobs and housing. A common term of parole is to avoid associating with other felons. In some neighborhoods with high rates of felony conviction, this creates a situation where many felons live with a constant threat of being arrested for violating parole.[11]

Many bonding companies will not issue bonds to convicted felons, also effectively barring them from certain jobs. Many banks will refuse service to convicted felons.

Some states also consider a felony conviction to be grounds for an uncontested divorce.

The status and designation as a "convicted felon" is considered permanent, and is not extinguished upon sentence completion even if parole, probation or early release was given.[11] The status can only be cleared by a successful appeal or executive clemency. However, felons may be able to apply for restoration of some rights after a certain period of time has passed.

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Roman Dawydiak Sept. 8, 2012, 2:22 a.m.    

According to the Pentitentiary Service, " The equipping of the room with video cameras and other means of protection and security meets the requirements of the current legislation". This also includes the tapping of phones as has been stated by the same Penitentiary Service involving another political prisoner by the name of Yuriy Lutsenko. According to a commentary in Ukrayinska Pravda dated September 07/2012 Lutsenko's phone conversations were not only tapped but they were illegally interfered with. Whenever he mentioned such words as BYUT, or Batkivshchyna, or Turchynov, his phone was cut off by prison personnel. What would these words have to do with security? What would these words even remotely have anything to do with protection? Is this just another case of criminals guarding alleged criminals? These rodents that are constantly engaged in this type of activity will eventually have to answer to a higher authority and they will not be able to blame Vitya for all of their transgressions. Just like their leaders, they too are destined for the sewers. Meow!

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