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German doctors not to decide on Timoshenko’s surgery before Monday

March 08, 2014, 20:38 UTC+3 BERLIN
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BERLIN, March 08 /ITAR-TASS/. Doctors of the German clinic Charite will decide on the course of treatment for former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko not earlier than Monday, March 10.

Karl Marx Einhaupl, chief doctor at the Charite Clinic, where Timoshenko was admitted on Friday, March 7, said that when German specialists had examined her in Ukraine, they had come to the conclusion that she needed surgery. However, much time has passed since then, and it would not be right to do the surgery now before the new examination was completed.

According to preliminary estimates, Timoshenko, who has been experiencing spinal pains over the past several years, may stay in Berlin for about a week, but this will depend on the course of treatment to be chosen.

According to Einhaupl, Timoshenko is determined to go back to Ukraine. He said that she was staying in Berlin as a patient and had no intention to make any political statements.

The German doctors made it clear that their Ukrainian colleagues had cooperated with them closely over the past two and a half years, consulting them over every step in the course of treatment. Einhaupl believes that Timoshenko could have been operated on in Ukraine but she mistrusted Ukrainian doctors.

He said Timoshenko would pay for her treatment as any other patient without medical insurance would do and noted that she was staying in a regular room but was under protection.

During a telephone conversation with Timoshenko on February 23, German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited her to come to Germany and undergo treatment at the Charite Clinic.

On October 11, 2011, Timoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison for having acted in excess of her powers which had resulted in damage to national interests.

Timoshenko was also barred from holding public positions for three years and has to pay a penalty of 189 million U.S. dollars in damages to Naftogaz Ukrainy.

She was also charged with financial abuses in the Unified Energy Systems of Ukraine.

The Prosecutor General’s Office then filed a lawsuit demanding compensation from Timoshenko in the amount of 19.5 million hryvnia in this case.

In late December 2011, Timoshenko was transferred from the investigation prison to a correctional facility in the eastern Kharkov region. She fell ill on August 18, 2011, two weeks after her arrest. She insisted that she be examined and treated by independent medics. On May 9, 2012, she was admitted to the Kharkov Railway Hospital for medical treatment.

The opposition demanded that Timoshenko be set free and allowed to go abroad for medical treatment.

Timoshenko was released from prison on February 22 by a resolution adopted by the parliament.

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