BRUSSELS — The European Union pressed Ukraine on Thursday to allow “independent medical specialists” to visit the country’s jailed former prime minister, Yulia V. Tymoshenko, after she claimed to have been beaten by prison guards last week
Ms. Tymoshenko, 51, went on a hunger strike
last Friday after being forcibly removed from her prison cell and taken
to a hospital, according to her lawyer. In a statement published on her
Web site on Tuesday, Ms. Tymoshenko, who suffers from chronic back
pain, said she refused treatment and was returned to prison on Sunday,
covered with bruises.
Ms. Tymoshenko’s allies accuse Mr. Yanukovich, who barely defeated Ms.
Tymoshenko in the 2010 presidential election, of orchestrating her
subsequent arrest to remove a potential rival.
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