Allegations of Tymoshenko violence 'deeply concerning'
Posted, April 26, 2012 @ 16:00
News from Yulia Tymoshenko's lawyer that, on the 20th April, she was forcefully and brutally removed from her prison cell and transported to a state hospital against her will, is deeply concerning and requires explanation, Charles Tannock MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists' foreign affairs spokesman, said today.
The former Ukrainian Prime Minister has been on hunger strike since the 20th April.
Dr Charles Tannock, said:
"These allegations of brutality are extremely grave. They must be investigated by the Ukrainian authorities and those responsible should be prosecuted.
"Yulia Tymoshenko's health is our utmost concern. She must be given access to an independent medical facility.
"For those of us who want to see Ukraine become an EU member state one day, it is extremely disappointing to see it harm its own standing by the manner in which Mrs Tymoshenko has been treated."