Ukraine: Tymoshenko`s hubby seeks asylum in Prague
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Last Updated: Friday, January 06, 2012, 16:33
Prague: A senior Czech official says the husband of jailed former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko is seeking political asylum in the Czech Republic.

Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg has confirmed that Tymoshenko's husband Oleksandr has applied for asylum. The minister told Czech public radio on Friday it was likely he would get it.

His ministry and the Interior Ministry, which is in charge of granting asylum, declined to immediately comment on Friday.

Tymoshenko, Ukraine's top opposition leader and a former presidential candidate, was sentenced to seven years in jail in October in a trial the West has condemned as politically motivated. She has been reportedly been in poor health and denied medical care while locked up in a Kiev prison.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, January 06, 2012, 16:33

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