The Court took the decision to give priority1 to the case, Tymoshenko v. Ukraine (application no. 49872/11), in view of the serious and sensitive nature of the allegations raised, says the press release of the European Court of Human Rights.

According to the document, Yalia Tymoshenko's application was lodged with the European Court on 10 August 2011. She alleges, in particular: that her criminal prosecution and detention were politically motivated; that there has been no judicial review of the lawfulness of her detention in Kyiv SIZO no. 13; and, that her detention conditions are inadequate, with no medical care provided for her numerous health problems. She relies principally on: Article 3 (prohibition of degrading treatment or punishment), Article 5 (right to liberty and security) and Article 18 (limitation on use of restrictions on rights) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Notice of the application has been given to the Ukrainian Government, which is requested to submit observations.

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