Yulia Tymoshenko suffers now from a mysterious illness, her lawyer said. The Ukrainian opponent is incarcerated since August 5 as part of a trial for abuse of power.
"The disturbing symptoms that are similar to any known disease appeared," said the lawyer Yuri Sukhov at the hearing attended by Tymoshenko, asking the judge to allow the doctor to examine her client and to catch the blood
The right arm of the opponent, MP Oleksandr Turchinov was quoted by his press office, for his part said that the health of former Prime Minister had "deteriorated sharply" the day before, to the point that 'she "could not even go out for short walks" in the prison yard. "For unknown reasons, bruises appeared all over his body," he said on leaving the court.
An AFP journalist present in the courtroom, however, did not notice anything unusual in the appearance of the opponent, separated from the press by police officers.
"I do not entrust my life and my health to power"
For its part, the judge Rodion Kireev said the request for the doctor "would be considered under the law," angering Yulia Tymoshenko. "This is not a court, but the summary justice!" She said.
The magistrate said that the opponent had refused blood tests at the health unit of the detention center. "I do not entrust my life and my health to power," countered the then political opponents.
Yulia Tymoshenko is seen since June 24 for exceeding his powers as prime minister in 2009 by authorizing, without government approval, the signing of contracts on the import of Russian gas at a price too high and therefore very disadvantageous to Kiev . The opponent, whose imprisonment has provoked strong criticism in the world, denounced the prosecution as political repression orchestrated by his opponent in her, President Viktor Yanukovych.