Top EU envoys visit jailed Ukrainian ex-premier

Last Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 23:44

Kiev: Two top European Union envoys are visiting jailed Ukrainian former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in a hospital ahead of a key appeals hearing in her case.

The imprisonment of Tymoshenko, Ukraine`s top opposition leader, has led to a boycott of European football championship matches in Ukraine by top EU officials.

The West has called Tymoshenko`s seven-year prison sentence handed down on charges of abuse of office politically motivated and called for her release.

Tymoshenko says President Viktor Yanukovych jailed her to bar her from politics.

Former European Parliament President Pat Cox and former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski visited Tymoshenko today in a hospital in the eastern city of Kharkiv where she is being treated for a severe spinal condition. They will monitor Tuesday`s appeal of her verdict.


First Published: Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 23:44

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