Penitentiary service: Tymoshenko never received document on discharge from hospital

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Oct. 1, 2012, 8:03 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko
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The State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine has stated that no one has given former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko a document on the completion of her treatment and discharge from Kharkiv-based Central Clinical Hospital No. 5.

"The penitentiary service never gave convict Tymoshenko any documents on discharge, it does not even have such documents, and has no right to take such decisions. Thus, such statements of the convict are untrustworthy and are aimed at discrediting employees of the penitentiary service for the sake of political PR," reads a statement of the penitentiary service.

"To comment on certain absurd statements of convict Tymoshenko and her defense lawyers, the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine states that no one locked up the rest-room in the convict's ward and no one ever locked it up!" reads the statement.

The press service added that on September 30 the door of the hospital department, where Tymoshenko is undergoing treatment, was equipped with additional metallic bars.

"Such measures were taken in order to ensure reliable security of convicted women that are undergoing rehabilitation courses at the medical establishment. The old plastic door did not ensure reliable security of the convicts," reads the statement.

Earlier on Monday, Tymoshenko's lawyer read aloud her statement saying that the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine has given the ex-premier a document on the completion of her treatment and discharge from hospital.

"They are building a new cage, [they are installing] additional bars, taking away from me necessary things, they locked up the rest-room, and they tripled the number of my guards," reads the statement.

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