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by Yulia Tymoshenko (see original post)
I am forced to ask you to come to the Ukrzaliznytsia hospital in Kharkiv on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
I ask that you be present while the staff of the Kachanivska prison again forges a statement of my alleged “unwillingness” to go to court in Kyiv because only your presence can help stop the avalanche of false information.
I hope the prison management will let you in to see me and won’t interfere in your professional duties to record what will take place in the Ukrzaliznytsia hospital room before the questioning of the next witness in the Shcherban case.
If this happens, you will see that the video the regime has released has been edited and doesn’t reflect my position.
I want to again explain the difference in my attitude towards participation in the court proceedings in Kharkiv and Kyiv.
Let me remind you that in the fabricated case being heard by the Kyivsky District Court of Kharkiv I am charged with a number of imaginary “crimes” involving VAT refunds related to the activities of UESU at a time when I wasn’t even working in the corporation but was a member of parliament.
These charges from the 1990s were politically motivated – revenge for my opposition activities and participation in the Ukraine Without Kuchma movement.
The Prosecutor General’s Office and courts have repeatedly recognized the absurdity of these charges, and more than 50 judges of both chambers of the Supreme Court closed the case on 11 November 2005.
Given the Supreme Court decision in the UESU case it’s clear that it was reopened illegally, in gross violation of paragraph 7 of Protocol №7 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Article 61 of the Constitution of Ukraine regarding the permanence of court decisions. It should therefore be closed immediately and not subject to further review.
At the court hearing in the Kyivsky District Court of Kharkiv on 22 March 2013, my defenders voiced my motion regarding the review of this case in my absence and the need to close it immediately. I am still a patient in Central Clinical Hospital № 5 and don’t see any reason to do irreparable harm to my health during the transport and participation in the hearing of this absurd case in the Kyivsky District Court of Kharkiv.
The severity of my health problems, according to Article 249 of the CPC of Ukraine (1960), don’t allow me to be present at the hearing scheduled for 12 April 2013.
However, given the severity of the charges that Yanukovych’s regime has fabricated in the other politically motivated case – the Shcherban case – I continue to demand that I be personally present in court for the questioning of all witnesses. In spite of the critical state of my health and hospital treatment, I again stress that I am willing to be transported to Kyiv.
The regime is trying to illegally and without evidence give me a life sentence in the bogus Shcherban case. At the insistence of the PGO, using my status as a patient in Kharkiv hospital CCH № 5, violating Article 225 of the CPC of Ukraine (2012), based on acts forged by the Kachaniska prison management regarding my alleged “unwillingness” to go to the Kyiv court, they continue to question witnesses in my absence.
In response to the fabricated act of my “refusal”, the false evidence given by alleged “witnesses” based on the words of third-fourth-fifth parties or the deceased, there should be my word, because I plan to prove the absurdity of the government’s fictitious charges of my complicity in this serious crime despite my health problems.
I hope that you, dear journalists, will be at the Ukrzaliznytsia hospital on Sunday while the prison administration is drawing up the so-called “refusal” act and can present my position.
The truth about my relationship to the Shcherban case is important not only for me, but for all of society.
5 April 2013
Yulia Tymoshenko’s daughter also recalled that earlier the prison service said they did not have video footage from the prison on the day of the forced hospitalization. “We don’t know what they’re going to use as fact of the attack. When we officially requested video of the beating of my mother, we were told that it wasn’t videotaped,” explained Eugenia Tymoshenko.
“They continue to fabricate and manipulate information about my mother. People like Kuzmin, Portnov, Lyovochkin, who aren’t servants of the law, but servants of Yanukovych, are trying to start another black PR campaign against my mother. This involves fabricated video, which we know from our sources that they are preparing against my mother. It’s supposed to show that she is allegedly doing physical exercises and faking her illness. These attempts by Yanukovych’s servants won’t be successful. Kuzmin is carrying out orders from Yanukovych and because they can’t publicly prove her guilt in those cases that have already been recognized as politically motivated, they are inventing more and more cases,” underlined Eugenia Tymoshenko.
On the night of April 20-21, Yulia Tymoshenko was forcibly moved from the Kachanivska prison to Central Clinical Hospital No. 5 in Kharkiv without her verbal or written consent. In a letter from prison dated April 24 she said that she had been physically injured by prison staff. That same day she was visited by Serhiy Kudruk, a representative of the human rights commissioner’s office, and in the presence of the head of the prison agreed to an examination that revealed bruises on her body.The prosecutor general’s office refused to open a criminal investigation.
Yulia Tymoshenko urges supporters to end hunger strikes
There may simply be no more fair elections in Ukraine. The Ukrainian people can’t take on this strong, cynical and cruel enemy on its own. I ask the entire democratic world in this historical moment for Ukraine to join efforts with civil society, the opposition and the people of Ukraine to defend a free, democratic and European Ukraine – before it’s too late, because we’re one step away from the point of no return.
I would also like to thank all the people, all my supporters, that have gone on a hunger strike as a sign of solidarity with me. But I urge them to not risk their health, to not take on this difficult challenge, because I personally know how difficult every day and every hour is when you’re not eating, how much spiritual and physical strength it takes from you. I ask you to end your hunger strike! I know even without such difficult self sacrifice that you are dedicated to our idea and our struggle, and that there is no force that can break you. But don’t ruin your health.
I thank everyone who is praying for Ukraine, for our people, for my fate and health. I am grateful to everyone who is supporting me in this difficult moment, who stands in protest outside the prison, courts, Pechersk court, SIZO, who is with me and Ukraine with their soul. I love you and believe that we will ultimately be able to change everything, that our efforts aren’t in vain in this difficult time. Faith and hard work will change everything for the better.
Kachanivska prison, Kharkiv
May 7, 2012
Yulia Timoshenko was tortured by her guards last week. Her daughter confirmed this when she met her mother in prison. Yulia refuses to be treated for her Hernia by Ukrainian doctors. She is afraid to be poisoned. For the same reason she went on hunger-strike. The Ukrainian government refuses to let her go to Germany for treatment.
Yulia Tymoshenko was born on the 27th of November 1960 in Dnjepropetrovsk, Ukraine. As a succesful entrepreneur she and her husband Oleksandr focussed on government contracts with their company UPC (Ukrainian Petrol Corporation) after the independence of the nation in 1991. In December 1996 Yulia entered the national politics and was elected for the Ukrainian parliament. In November 1997 the accused her of smuggling $26.000 from Ukraine to Russia. The General Prosecutor asked the parliament to lift Yulia’s immunity. Her second victory came in late 1998 as number 6 on the party list Hromada. After the party leader Lazarenko fled to the United States to avoid prosecution in an embezzlement case, Yulia left the party among other members. She founded the All Ukrainians Union party.
From December 1999 till late 2001 she had different positions in politics and solved several corruption cases.Until 2005 she lead the Orange Revolution ( A pact against the establishment of corrupt politicians). In the same year she became prime minister but due to several internal conflicts, the president Yushenko dismissed Tymoshenko’s government. In 2006 she was expected to become prime minister again from a broad coalition but conflicts resulted in a take over from former communists party; Party of Regions and Yulia and her coalition were locked out from the parliament.The orange coalition collapsed and Viktor Yanukovich was elected with a majority of votes as new prime minister.
Yulia Tymoshenko failed many times to set up a firm government and in 2010 she candidates for presidency. In the second round she lost from Yanukovich. She disagreed on this and said on live television she will go to court to fight the outcome. Tymoshenko withdrew her appeal after the High Court rejected the investigation of the last elections. Yanukovich said an public apology from Tymoshenko would restore the unity of the parliament. Tymoshenko refused and this resulted in a conflict between them.
The General Prosecutor re-opened an old corruption case against Yulia Timoshenko and on December 20, 2010 she was officially charged of misusing funds for the Kyoto Protocol. Yulia denied all the accusations but was found guilty. She was ordered not to leave Kiev,the capital of Ukraine. Days after several old members of her former party were arrested and Yulia said the president started a witch hunt against her.
In January 2011 new corruption cases opened against Timoshenko and in May 2011 she was found guilty on all charges. In August she was arrested and two months later she was sentenced to seven years in prison. In 2012 new accusations raised and she will probably get another 12 years in prison.
The president of Germany and the vice-chairwoman of the EU cancelled their trips to the Ukraine to protest against her treatment in prison. Hopefully more world leaders will do the same.
In June 2012 the European Championships Soccer will be held in Poland and the Ukraine. Qualifications for the finals will be held in Charkov. The city where Yulia is captured in prison. To my opinion, the UEFA organisation should withdraw the games from the Ukraine as long as she is in prison.