Ukraine's ombudsman confirms Tymoshenko's illness

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Sept. 17, 2011, 5:03 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

In this photo made available by Tymoshenko's Press Service and taken on a mobile phone Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko speaks to Rodion Kireyev, left, the judge of the Pechersky District Court of Kiev in a court room in Kyiv on Aug. 22. Judge Kireyev on Monday again denied Ukrainian former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's request to call her personal physician to examine her.
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Ukrainian Human Rights Commissioner Nina Karpachova has confirmed that former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is indeed sick and that she is being held in the same conditions as other inmates at the Lukyanivsky pretrial detention center. "I met with Ms. Yulia Tymoshenko yesterday. It is true that she is ill now," Karpachova said at a press conference in Kyiv on Friday.

Tymoshenko is experiencing "throat problems and can hardly speak," Karpachova said. In addition, she said it was obvious that "she has a fever."

Tymoshenko is sharing a cell with three other women. "All the bunks are occupied, some of the women being in transit [placed there briefly on their way from one prison to another]," she said.

The cell in which Tymoshenko is being held is about 12-14 square meters in size with quite a big bathroom, Karpachova said. "There is little free space there. This cell was earlier used as a utility room," she said.

Hence, the conditions in which Tymoshenko is being held "are not luxurious, because all the bunks there are occupied," although there is a fridge and a TV set in the cell, "which is not prohibited."

Karpachova said her meeting with Tymoshenko lasted for more than an hour and a half. "We had a serious conversation on problems of inmates, and she was trying to insist that her arrest was unlawful," she said.

Karpachova said the ex-premier had asked her to inform not only the political leadership but also the public about this.

The human rights commissioner said she again asked Justice Rodion Kireyev presiding at Tymoshenko's trial to allow Tymoshenko's doctor to examine her.

"She [Tymoshenko] yesterday once again signed a paper confirming her refusal to be examined by Health Ministry officials," Karpachova said.

Tymoshenko is insisting on being examined and treated by her personal doctor, Karpachova said. "She is entitled to medical examination but has been deprived of this right," she said.

Karpachova also pointed to a low level of medical services at the Lukyanivsky detention center. In particular, 47 inmates suffering from active tuberculosis are currently held at the infirmary, she said. Since the detention center is overcrowded, some inmates have to receive medical aid right in the cells, she said.

"This directly threatens not only the inmates' but also the detention center personnel's health," she said.

Karpachova suggested that the Lukyanivsky detention center is overcrowded as the law enforcement officials and judges overuse arrest as a pretrial restriction measure. While the facility is designed for 2,850 inmates, 3,800 are actually being held there now, she said.

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Anonymous Sept. 17, 2011, 5:16 p.m.    

Karpachova suggested that the Lukyanivsky detention center is overcrowded as the law enforcement officials and judges overuse arrest as a pretrial restriction measure. While the facility is designed for 2,850 inmates, 3,800 are actually being held there now, she said.


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Anonymous Sept. 17, 2011, 5:36 p.m.    

why is she being detained? She has not been convicted. Her detention is persecution and a means of preventing her from preparing her defence. She should be released on bail without delay. Thnis is a major issue of concern and has brought Ukraine and Yanukovych's presidency into disrepute. Release her NO and witghout delay.

Ukraine's human rights commissioner should denand Tymoshenko's release not just call for a doctor.

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Anonymous Sept. 17, 2011, 6:10 p.m.    

The criminal code dates to 1962.

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Anonymous Sept. 17, 2011, 6:48 p.m.    

If I remember correctly, this ombudsman isn't exactly an activist. If she thinks something is wrong at the prison, it should be taken seriously.

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Anonymous Sept. 17, 2011, 7:34 p.m.    

Firstly, its not good she is sick, secondly the prison did not become overcrowed after she was detained, its been full all the time (lat 10 years).

Thirdly, medical attention is given for free in the prison, available to all prisoners, regardless of background and status out in the free life of Ukraine.

She has become sick, as she is not used to this kind of life of course, however she has been offered medical help, which she refuse as she wants her personal doctor to look at her. How many other prisoners have personal doctors available, and why should she be treated different from other prisoners as there is a service available?

She has been a prime minister, sittig in Rada for several years, and done little or nothing to improve prison facilities and their service offered. How come she is worried about the conditions only now when she is exposed to it herself? I would call it hypocracy, as she should have adressed this in her time as part of ruling factions and part of upper management of Ukraine.

Again, sorry to hear she is sick, but there is equality under the law, as she wants to be promoter of, so take the chance to show you mean something about it by using the rights of all inmates in the prison, medical service.

It might not be up to the standards of the Prada lady, but its what is is, maybe she will focus on this matter whenever she gets out again then?

But, maybe it will go away as soon as she is out, and she join the political elite again and can play big shot again.

I am against the way the case has been presented, given the fact that there are more than 140 other Rada members that are equally corrupt and should stand trail, but selecting one or few cases just for politicial show case, is not right.

I would rather see the whole lot behind bars and select some trustworthy candidates to take over the political elite to make Ukraine livable for all, and not for the few.

Given the latest murder of the femail judge of the appeal court makes me think back on political era in the 90s and i must say, i do not get a good feeling in the stomach, not at all.

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Anonymous Sept. 17, 2011, 9:41 p.m.    

Karpachova should be replaced she had no business injecting herself into this matter.A mild cold is nothing to justify special treatment give her some cough drops and get on with the trial.

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Anonymous Sept. 18, 2011, 7:27 a.m.    

I suppose you are a qualified doctor that is also telepathic and can diagnosis an individual without even seeing them. Shame on Yanukcockroach, shame on Zarazov and shame on the government for permitting this travesty. There are a lot of sick people in Ukraine. At least Tymoshenko has a chance to overcome her illness. The rest of them are rotten at their core and deserve to feed off each other like vermin.

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Anonymous Sept. 18, 2011, 5:17 p.m.    

I have castrated pigs and put a injured dog out of pain so i am qualified as doctor.Long distance diagnosis is routine now.

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Anonymous Sept. 18, 2011, 5:41 p.m.    

There are plenty of pigs and dogs sitting in government at the moments. Maybe you can use your knowledge with animals to put them out of their pain.

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Anonymous Sept. 18, 2011, 6 p.m.    

What crap you come up with.You obviously have a lot to loose if Tymoshenko goes free.

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