KIEV – The daughter of Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine’s jailed opposition leader, Monday accused the authorities of wanting to kill her mother, who faces a possible life sentence.
Her lawyer announced he also faced criminal charges. Prosecutors on Friday named the 52-year-old opposition politician, who is already serving a seven-year sentence on abuse of power charges, as a suspect in the 1996 murder of a powerful lawmaker.
If tried and convicted of the new charge of organizing the gangland-style shooting, the former prime minister could spend the rest of her life in prison.
In an emotional appeal Monday, Tymoshenko’s daughter, Yevgenia, 32, warned that her mother’s life was in danger and appealed to President Viktor Yanukovych and law enforcers to ensure her safety.
“Everything that is happening to her is an experiment to destroy a person. For me it is absolutely clear that they want to kill my mother.”
“They do not want her to live,” she said, referring to the Ukrainian authorities led by Yanukovych.
“We are talking about the physical, conscious killing of my mother, Yulia Tymoshenko,” she said in the statement released by Tymoshenko’s party and addressed to Yanukovych and other officials.
“I do not even insist that you follow some sort of rule or law because right now the rules and laws do not work. I am asking you all just for one thing — do not kill my mother,” she wrote.