Former European Parliament President Pat Cox and former Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski, who lead the European Parliament's monitoring mission to Ukraine, find the bill on treatment of convicts abroad submitted by independent MP Angelika Labunska the optimal one for reaching a consensus and resolving the Tymoshenko case.
"Our mission has studied all of the draft bills on medical treatment of convicted persons abroad. We have come to the conclusion that the Labunska draft offers the best available basis for generating the necessary consensus between government and opposition parties," Cox and Kwasniewski said in a statement, following their three-day visit to Ukraine. "We urge all the government and opposition parties in parliament to make every effort to reach a consensus on the legislative steps forward and to do so as a matter of urgency," Cox and Kwasniewski said. The draft bill tabled by Labunska says that convicts serving their prison terms may be allowed to go abroad for medical treatment in case medical treatment in Ukraine fails to heal them. Besides, such persons may be exempted from punishment due to their illness. MP Arseniy Yatsenyuk, leader of the Batkivshchyna faction, said at a news briefing on Friday that all the three opposition factions would vote for the bill. Tymoshenko's defence lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko told reporters in Kharkiv, where Cox and Kwasniewski visited her at the central clinical hospital on Thursday, that she would accept any proposal and recommendation made by the Cox-Kwasniewski mission.