PACE rapporteur says Lutsenko is 'victim of a political vendetta'
"As a reformist interior minister who - among other things - dismantled the criminal hit squad within the ministry responsible for such high-profile
crimes as the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze, he angered some persons who are now back in power," said Beck.
"The trial against him was unfair, as shown in detail by the observers of the Danish Helsinki Committee. Furthermore, the 'crimes' for which he was convicted could not possibly justify a term of imprisonment even if the prosecution had been able to prove all the allegations against him."
Lutsenko had been charged with having signed an order whilst on holiday, not having cancelled the traditional "National Militia Day" despite a general instruction from the then Prime Minister to make budgetary savings where possible, and finally with letting the Ministry overpay his personal driver and provide him with an official flat.
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