Investigator allows medical examination of Lutsenko in hospital

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May 10, 2011, 7:21 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
The investigator for particularly important cases of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office, following an appeal by the administration of Kyiv's pretrial detention center, has allowed a medical examination of Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko in hospital, the Prosecutor General's Office's media liaisons office has reported. Earlier, Lutsenko's wife, Iryna Lutsenko, said that the former minister, who was being held in the detention centre, would continue a hunger strike until the settlement of the issue on preventive punishment against him.

Iryna Lutsenko said that husband's hunger strike had already lasted for 19 days. According to her, the state of her husband was very difficult; he had lost 14 kilograms in weight over the time of his hunger strike.

Kyiv Court of Appeals on April 21 extended Lutsenko's arrest until May 26, and after that he announced his intention to go on a hunger strike from April 22.

Lutsenko has been held in Lukyanivka jail since December 26, 2010. He has been charged under Part 5, Article 191 (large-scale embezzlement of state property through the abuse of office, under a preliminary collusion by a group of individuals), Part 3, Article 365 (abuse of office, which led to grave consequences), and Part 3, Article 364 (the abuse of power and office by a law enforcer, which caused damage to citizens' rights as protected by the law) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

On Jan. 28, the pre-trail investigation into the criminal case against Lutsenko and three more former officials of the ministry evaluated the losses caused by them to the state at over Hr 970,000.

Lutsenko earlier appealed to the European Court of Human Rights against his arrest. The court received the complaint and started its preliminary consideration.

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Anonymous May 10, 2011, 10:56 p.m.    

The treatment of Lutsenko is appauling, but unfortunately representative of the methods of the current maffia/communist regime. In a report, devastating for the current regime, The Danish Helsinki Committee on Human Rights noted among many human rights abuses:

"the court even justified the detention of Lutsenko by the fact that he and his defense lawyer were too slow in reading through the files, thus delaying the trial and not respecting a procedural decision of the investigator.

It is unheard of and must be a violation of the European Convention Article 6, paragraph 3.b) that it is up to the decision of the investigator how and when the defendant and his lawyer are to prepare themselves for the upcoming trial. That can not be a procedural decision in the hands of the investigator or the prosecutor, but a right of the defendant and his lawyer."

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