He also said that the medicines found during the search, which took
place in the ex-minister’s ward on Thursday, were taken not from
Tymoshenko, but from medical staff.
“In accordance with the current legislation, the penitentiary
system’s administration has the right to conduct searches only in the
penal colony, thus there can be no searches in health care facilities
under existing law,” Vlasenko told reporters on Monday near the hospital
where Tymoshenko is undergoing treatment.
He denied claims by the prison service that unknown medicines were seized from Tymoshenko as a result of a search of her ward.