KYIV, Ukraine – Canadian members of a medical team sent to examine Ukraine’s jailed former prime minister say authorities frustrated their efforts to conduct vital tests.
Three Canadian doctors were part of the team that went to the prison where Yulia Tymoshenko is serving a seven-year sentence after being convicted of abuse of office.
The physicians, Dr. Christine Derzko, Dr. George Rewa and Dr. Peter Kujtan, issued a statement late Friday indicating they felt Tymoshenko required further medical tests.
But the statement went on to say Ukrainian authorities refused to allow the team to conduct blood and toxicology tests, claiming it would be in violation of “several laws of the land.”
The statement goes on to point out that it was the Ukrainian government that invited the team to examine Tymoshenko.
Officials in Western Europe, Canada and the United States have said the trial against Tymoshenko was politically motivated.