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Ukraine: Allegations Tymoshenko denied prison visits

Ukraine: Allegations Tymoshenko denied prison visits
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The lawyer for jailed former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko claims he and Tymoshenko’s daughter, Yevgenia Tymoshenko, have again not been allowed into the prison where she is being held before the ex-premier was examined by foreign medics.

Yulia Tymoshenko was seen by German doctors from a western medical team on Wednesday.

The Interfax news agency reported that the Germans left early on Wednesday with the results of their examination in a sealed envelope, which is to remain closed until another round of medical examinations are completed by Canadian doctors with the involvement of the Prosecutor General’s office.

Tymoshenko’s daughter said: “They’re not letting me in for the second day in a row. We don’t know what is going on. We don’t understand what pressure she is under there. Yesterday we had all the prosecutor’s office and prison service representatives there. They put a lot of pressure on her to make her agree to the (presence of) Ukrainian doctors, which she has solid grounds to refuse. No, we don’t know either her diagnosis, or what is happening to her.”

Tymoshenko was given a seven-year sentence for financial wrongdoing whilst in office after a trial that the European Union and the United States said was politically motivated.