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Ukraine Authorities Denies Tymoshenko Beaten up in Prison

  • Ukraine Authorities Denies Tymoshenko Beaten up in Prison
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The authorities in Ukraine have denied former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was beaten up in prison last week and invited German doctors to examine her.

Tymoshenko, who is serving seven years in jail for abuse of office, has said she was attacked while being moved to hospital for an examination on Friday.

Germany acknowledged the Ukrainian request and said it was considering how best to respond. Ukrainian officials also denied reports Tymoshenko was on a hunger strike.

The Ukrainian prison service said Tymoshenko herself had informed them on Wednesday morning she had not declared a hunger strike, despite an announcement by her lawyer on Tuesday.

Its statement could not be verified independently.

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