Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Turchynov: Tax officials removed Tymoshenko's medical card from private clinic

The State Tax Service has removed the medical card of former Ukrainian Premier Yulia Tymoshenko from the Medikom private clinic, where Tymoshenko has been treated for over ten years, the Batkivschyna Party has said.

"The State Tax Service withdrew from the medical establishment all of the materials connected with treatment of the various illnesses of Yulia Volodymyrivna Tymoshenko for over ten years," the first deputy head of the party, Oleksandr Turchynov, said during a briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday.

According to him, the documents were withdrawn on Jan. 13, 2012.

Turchynov said that the clinic reported this in an answer to the deputy's request.

According to him, by such "demonstrative cynicism" the authorities are trying to falsify a criminal case against Tymoshenko, as well as information about her state of health.

"We only can forecast that it is not enough for them to falsify the criminal case. Probably they want to falsify medical cases, medical documents," he stressed.

Turchynov added that the Batkivschyna Party is planning to address international organizations on the violation of Tymoshenko's rights, in particular, the Doctors Without Borders organization.

On Oct. 11, 2011, Pechersky District Court in Kyiv sentenced Tymoshenko to seven years in prison for abuse of office in signing a gas deal with Russia in 2009.

Tymoshenko was put in a pre-trial detention center in Kyiv on Aug. 5, 2011. On Dec. 30, she was transferred to Kachanivska penal colony No. 54 in Kharkiv.

The Main Investigatory Department of the SBU is continuing to investigate a criminal case against Tymoshenko on an attempt to embezzle state funds of Ukraine in especially big amounts via passing to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine obligations of the United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) corporation before the Defense Ministry of Russia for $405.5 million.

Kyiv's Shevchenkivsky District Court ordered the arrest of Tymoshenko under the UESU case. Because of this, Tymoshenko is being held in the pretrial detention center of the Kachanivska colony in Kharkiv and is not involved in community work.

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