Court rejects Yulia Tymoshenko’s petition to change conditions of detention
Judge Antonina Yurieva of the Kominternivska District Court of Kharkiv has rejected Yulia Tymoshenko’s complaint regarding the unjustified decision by the administration of the Kachanivska prison to not change the conditions of her detention pursuant to articles 98 and 99 of the Penal Code, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.
Thus, the judge refused to annul the decision of the prison commission and didn’t consider this a violation of Yulia Tymoshenko’s rights.
"The court upheld the commission’s wrongful decision, but we will appeal this decision," the ex-premier’s defender Oleksandr Plakhotnyuk said.
On December 30, 2013 Yulia Tymoshenko petitioned the administration of the Kachanivska penal colony to change the conditions of her detention pursuant to articles 98 and 99 of the Penal Code of Ukraine. On January 17 the prison commission rejected Yulia Tymoshenko’s petition because the ex-premier is undergoing in-patient treatment in a hospital even though this condition is not covered by law.
Pursuant to article 98 of the Penal Code of Ukraine, prisoners can be moved to social adaptation units, and under article 99 to social rehabilitation units. Prisoners in social rehabilitation units can with permission from the prison administration travel without supervision beyond the unit, but within the territory of the locality, send letters, receive packages, have unlimited short visits, and one three-day visit a month.