The daughter of Ukraine's jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said on Friday that her mother's condition has deteriorated badly since alleged beatings by prison guards and that she feared her mother would be force-fed to get her to stop a hunger strike. German doctors who have examined Tymoshenko said they don't believe she can get proper treatment at home.
The charismatic heroine of Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution protest movement is serving a seven-year prison sentence on charges of abusing her powers in a Russian energy deal. The West has strongly condemned the verdict as politically motivated and threatened to freeze cooperation with Ukraine.
Tymoshenko launched a hunger strike a week ago to protest the alleged prison abuse. She claims guards punched her in the stomach and twisted her arms and legs while transporting her to a hospital against her will to be treated for her spinal condition.
Photos that Tymoshenko's office says were taken by Ukraine's top human rights official, Nina Karpachova, of Tymoshenko in bed in her jail cell show splotches to her abdomen, lower arm and abdomen.
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