KIEV, May 4 (Itar-Tass) —— Kharkov Regional Prosecutor Gennady Tyurin does not rule out that ex-Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko might have hit herself.
“We do not rule out that possibility,” he told reporters on Friday.
Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka said that medical experts could say whether self-mutilation is possible. He recalled that Timoshenko had rejected medical examinations thrice.
The Kharkov Prosecutor’s Office refused to open a criminal case over the alleged beating of Timoshenko by personnel of the Kharkov penitentiary. Pshonka said the prosecutors made the decision after the police had scrutinized the situation. “I ordered the Kharkov regional prosecutor and his subordinates to analyze the Timoshenko statement. Here is the three-volume verification report. The report ends with the refusal to open a criminal case,” he said, adding that the Kharkov prosecutors made their decision on May 3.
“There is no confirmation that Timoshenko really lost consciousness in the alleged beating. The chronology of the events and testimonies of witnesses show that the statement is wrong. There is no confirmation to it,” he said.
Timoshenko, serving a seven-year-term in Kharkov after the court sentenced her on October 11, 2011, for exceeding the authority in the signing of the gas contracts with Russia in 2009, went on a hunger strike on April 20 after personnel of the Kharkov penitentiary used force against her during the transfer to the hospital.
She said three people tried to pull her off the cot in the evening of April 20 for transporting her to the hospital. She also said she was beaten up to the loss of consciousness when she tried to resist.