Court announces one-week break in hearing of Lutsenko case

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Dec. 5, 2011, 11:22 a.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Court has postponed the hearing of a criminal case against former Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko until Dec. 12.
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Kyiv's Pechersky District Court has postponed the hearing of a criminal case against former Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko until Dec. 12 due to an illness of his former driver, Leonid Prystupliuk. One of Prystupliuk's lawyers said at a court session on Monday that his client would undergo inpatient medical treatment until Friday.

In addition, doctors are to decide on Monday whether Prystupliuk needs surgery.

Lutsenko, in turn, said that representatives of the prosecutor's office were to blame for the illness of his former driver.

He called on them "to repent in church," because Prystupliuk was earlier taken from hospital by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's domestic security service on the order of the prosecutor's office, without giving him any chance to undergo a complete course of medical treatment, and in this connection his illness worsened.

The next court session is scheduled for 09.10 on Dec. 12.

On Nov. 28, Prystupliuk was hospitalized from the courtroom. According to his lawyers, his kidney disease worsened.

Lutsenko and his driver Leonid Prystupliuk were charged on Dec.13, 2010 with the large-scale misappropriation of state owned assets, abuse of power and document forgery.

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Anonymous Dec. 5, 2011, 11:44 a.m.    

In the Supreme Administrative Court is a series of cases for the deprivation of status of Hero of Ukraine for the poet Vasyl Stus.

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Anonymous Dec. 5, 2011, 12:02 p.m.    

Leaving this place where ‘all cries of human torture’ (V.Stus), I thought: and what do we do, in Ukraine, that suffered most from the totalitarianism, what do we do to keep our historical memory awake?

We do little because we permit our new Russophiles to agitate in the Supreme Rada for the liquidation of the Ukrainian state and elbow their way to the presidential armchair, wishing to tie Ukraine again to the Moscow saddle and then to drive their enemies to the endless space of Russia.

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Anonymous Dec. 5, 2011, 12:38 p.m.    

Why the state does not noticing the theft of its main wealth?;media_id=383529028&amp;items=37651&amp;type=0

PS During WWII, the Nazis stole UKRAINE'S black earth. Today the KGB is stealing UKRAINE'S black earth?

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Anonymous Dec. 5, 2011, 3:01 p.m.    

yes again anther delay in the trial and Lutsenko still has not been convicted of any crime. Justice delayed is justice denied. He should be free on bail pending the outcome of his trial. The charges laid against him are clearly fabricated and designed to prevent him from agitating for political reform. It has seriously marred Yanukovych's presidency and has bought Ukraine into disrepute as a result of these actions, The only reports we get now is that the trial has been postponed. Were is the evidence and a the argument that justifies his detention. Or is this meant to be a warning to other dissidents and those willing to oppose government policy? Just because Yushchenko misused and abused Ukraine's constitution does not entitle others to do follow in his footsteps.

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