Criminal case must be opened over beating of Yulia Tymoshenko
Human Rights Commissioner Nina Karpachova is calling on Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka to launch a criminal investigation and suspend all those involved in the brutal treatment of Yulia Tymoshenko on the night she was moved, against her will, to a hospital in Kharkiv, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko. "The way Yulia Tymoshenko was moved was harsh and can be regarded as treatment of a prison pursuant to Article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights and UN Convention against Torture, as well as the Instructions on Organizing Security in Penal Institution," Nina Karpachova wrote in a statement posted on the official website of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights.
She is also demanding that the head of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine that Yulia Tymoshenko received all the proper medical care she needs in accordance with the decision of the European Court of Human Rights and the findings of the Ukrainian and independent foreign doctors.
Nina Karpachova`s representative, Serhiy Kudruk, visited the Kachanivska prison without notice and met with Yulia Tymoshenko to verify the circumstances the ex-premier described in her statement about being beaten by those who convoyed her to the hospital on April 20.
"In the presence of the head of the Kachanivska prison, Yulia Tymoshenko gave her consent for the representative of the Ombudsman to examine her external injuries. The examination revealed that she had bruises on her forearm and right elbow, and a large bruise on the right side of her stomach," said Nina Karpachova.
Yulia Tymoshenko confirmed her statement from April 23 to Kharkiv Prosecutor Hennadiy Tyurin and expressed outrage over the lack of response, and the fact that the Ukrainian ombudsman was not informed of her statement regarding the incident and request to visit the prison immediately. The representative of the ombudsman met with the Hennadiy Tyurin and the head of the State Penitentiary Service in Kharkiv Yevhen Barash.
The ombudsman in her statement also noted that "as of the end of the work day on April 24, 2012, the prosecutor’s office had not responded property to Yulia Tymoshenko’s statement."