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Yulia Tymoshenko requests meeting from EU ambassador

Batkivshchyna Party leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has written to the administration of the Kachanivska penal colony requesting a short meeting with EU Ambassador to Ukraine Jan Tombinski, the deputy leaders of her party – Oleksandr Turchynov and Hryhoriy Nemyria – and the head of the united opposition Arseniy Yatseniuk, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"Today, in accordance with Article 100 of the Penal Code, a request has been filed for a short meeting. The last short meeting was on October 1. Yulia Tymoshenko invited to the meeting tomorrow, at his request, EU Ambassador Jan Tombinski, First Deputy Head of the Batkivshchyna Party Oleksandr Turchynov, Head of the Council of the United Opposition Arseniy Yatseniuk and Deputy Head of the Batkivshchyna Party Hryhoriy Nemyria," said lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko.

The ex-premier’s counsel underlined that under current law, every person in prison is entitled to one short meeting once a month. "By law the meeting can’t last more than four hours," he said.

"Prison officials don’t have the right to obstruct a person from holding short meetings. There is no need for approval from the penitentiary service or any additional approval. This is her right under current Ukrainian law. Any interference in short visits will be another violation of Yulia Tymoshenko’s legal rights," Vlasenko said.

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