Lutkovska constantly monitors conditions of detention of Lutsenko and Ivaschenko

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July 25, 2012, 8:12 a.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko
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Human Rights Commissioner Valeria Lutkovska has said that she constantly monitors the conditions of detention of former senior officials, including former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko and former Acting Defense Minister Valeriy Ivaschenko, the ombudsperson's press service has reported.

She announced this on July 23 at a meeting with former European Parliament President Pat Cox, External Policies Adviser to the President of the European Parliament Arnoldas Pranckevicius and Director of the Max Planck Institute (Germany) Hans-Jörg Albrecht.

"The participants in the meeting also paid attention to the issue related to the provision of proper detention conditions for Yuriy Lutsenko and Valeriy Ivaschenko. Valeria Lutkovska informed the guests that she constantly monitors the conditions of detention of former high-ranking officials and noted that all complaints and statements that were submitted by prisoners or their representatives had been rapidly considered and positively resolved," the press service of the human rights commissioner reported.

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bernardh July 25, 2012, 9:08 a.m.    

Does Lutkovska still insist - as she did when defending the government position in Strasbourg - that it was not a violation of human rights to jail Lutsenko because he was not admitting his guilt in an ongoing investigation? For a human rights commissioner that is a rather bold opinion, to put it mildly.

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Roman Dawydiak July 25, 2012, 8:32 p.m.    

Lutkovska was appointed by the POR and remains a stooge of the POR. As such she cannot be expected to criticise the political position of the POR in any matters considering political prisoners. Unless in the highly unlikely event that she were to demonstrate some degree of normalcy or neutrality she will continue as a mouthpiece for Vitya's terrorist policies.

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cedrik Aug. 14, 2012, 6:41 p.m.    

Perhaps she should monitor the conditions of ALL the prisoners in Ukraine, not only the 'more equal than others' herd.

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