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Tymoshenko stays in jail and consults lawyers

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Tymoshenko stays in jail and consults lawyers


Jailed former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has refused to be moved to a local hospital in Kharkiv for treatment by German doctors.

She says she and her lawyers need more time to discuss her situation before making the transfer and the move may take place tomorrow.

Tymoshenko suffers from at least one slipped disc but is scared of being treated by the Ukrainian health service due to concerns over hygiene and infection or worse, as she maintains she is a political prisoner.

“Even we do not trust our doctors, because they will say what they are told to say. The best solution would be if Germany or another country would take her and treat her there,” said one of her supporters outside the prison where she is held.

Kyiv has already ruled out sending Tymoshenko abroad. She has been on hunger strike since April 20 to protest at an alleged beating by her guards.

On Tuesday Ukraine postponed a summit of Central and East European leaders due to begin on Friday in Yalta after several heads of state said they would boycott the meeting.

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