Tymoshenko appeal against transfer to Kharkiv prison dismissed
The Prosecutor General’s Office reported on Friday that the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv has dismissed a complaint lodged by Yulia Tymoshenko’s lawyers against her transfer on 30 December to the Kachanivska Penal Colony No. 54 in Kharkiv.
The transfer was made without prior warning, and with fairly overt efforts to misinform the public, for example, through claims that she had a large number of suitcases with her.
It also raised question marks given that the new charges against her had led to a “court hearing” in her Kyiv cell resulting in a second – indefinite – detention order. This was supposedly to enable investigative activities by the SBU [Security Service] in Kyiv.
The transfer has also raised concern in the international community with suggestions made that the move was to make access to her more difficult.
The former Prime Minister and leader of the opposition Batkivshchyna Party was sentenced on 11 October 2011 to 7 years imprisonment over the 2009 gas deal with Russia. The conviction was widely condemned as politically motivated.