The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, has registered a draft law amending the Penitentiary Code and the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine (regarding legal regulation of treatment of convicts abroad).
A posting on the Ukrainian parliament's Web site, a member of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction and the chairman of the Socialist Party of Ukraine, Mykola Rudkovsky, submitted the bill to parliament. According to the comparison table, the documents suggests that a court should decide on convicts' treatment abroad and on the prolongation or cessation of convicts' treatment abroad following the consideration of conclusions of a panel of representatives of the central executive agency in the sphere of public health and the central executive agency in the sphere of execution of penal punishments. The document also proposes to entitle the penal agency to decide on the prolongation or cessation of such treatment. In its ruling on a convict's treatment abroad, the court will have to specify the period of treatment and the name of a medical institution whether the convict will be treated, the conditions and procedure of the convict's transportation to the selected medical institution, the names of sureties that accept responsibility if the convict does not return to Ukraine when the term of his or her treatment abroad ends. The bill also suggests that after the treatment abroad the convict has to return to Ukraine and continue to serve his or her sentence. "Medical aid and treatment abroad shall be provided at own expense of the convict or his or her relatives and friends," reads the document. As reported, in June, an independent MP Serhiy Mischenko submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a bill to allow convicts undergo treatment abroad. "If the government doesn't know how to resolve the problem with the treatment of [former Prime Minister] Yulia Tymoshenko, then I propose to settle it via passing relevant law," he said.