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Ukraine: No Murderers In Tymoshenko’s Cell – Prison Official

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Officials in the Ukrainian prison, where former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is serving her seven-year sentence, denied that she would have to share a cell with a woman convicted of murder, Ukrainian news agency UNIAN quoted a spokesman of the Ukrainian regional Kharkiv penitentiary service, Yuri Chumak as saying.

“The prison’s officials deny the information spread by Vlasenko [Tymoshenko’s lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko] that Yulia Vladimirovna [Tymoshenko] will share a cell with a woman convicted of murder,” Chumak said.

Vlasenko said on Monday that a third bed was put into Tymoshenko’s cell and that the prison authorities had told her “the bed would probably be occupied by a very intelligent, smart and tolerant woman who was serving a jail term for premeditated murder.”

In October 2011, Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of abuse of office, for exceeding her authority in signing a 2009 gas deal with Russia. Her trial was condemned by both the European Union and Russia as politically motivated. She is currently serving her sentence in a women’s prison near Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv.

The ex-premier’s other cellmate was convicted of bank fraud.

Supporters of the jailed politician claim Tymoshenko’s health has deteriorated since her pre-trial detention began in August 2011 and that she is no longer able to walk due to back problems.

Ria Novosti

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One thought on “Ukraine: No Murderers In Tymoshenko’s Cell – Prison Official

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    March 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm
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    They ask Ukraine to stop couruption –when the jail the courupt officials then the west demands they be set free??????

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