Lutsenko continues hunger strike, wants to attend hearings

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May 19, 2011, 6:29 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Yuriy Lutsenko insists that he be allowed to attend the hearings of his case at Kyiv Pechersky Court next week.

Ukraine's ex-interior minister Yuriy Lutsenko insists that he be allowed to attend the hearings of his case at Kyiv Pechersky Court next week, Lutsenko's wife Iryna said. "Lutsenko wrote a letter to the commander of the security guard regiment and the chief physician of Kyiv's emergency medicine clinic demanding that he be allowed to attend the hearings," Iryna said after seeing her husband at a the hospital on Thursday, according to the People's Self-Defense party.

Lutsenko is aware of his condition and of his responsibility for it, she said.

"He remains in serious condition. He is losing weight and remains in bed. But he is saving strength to attend the hearings and allowed doctors to put him on a amino-acid, lipid and glucose drip to lower the acetone levels in the blood," Iryna said.

"Thanks to all sympathizers, he continues his hunger strike, using water alone," she said.

Lutsenko has been in detention since Dec. 26, 2010.

He is charged with taking possession of large amounts of state property by abuse of power and abuse of office resulting in grave consequences and considerable damage to the lawful rights of citizens.

The pre-trial investigation into the criminal case against Lutsenko and three other former Interior Ministry officials revealed on Jan. 28, 2010 that the suspects have inflicted damage on the state in an amount of over Hr 970,000.
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Anonymous May 19, 2011, 6:41 p.m.    

Yanukovych and the PoR are refusing to allow Lutsenko's lawyer to become involved and they have him in jail since last December.

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Anonymous May 20, 2011, 7:10 a.m.    

Are there two different court systems trying Lutsenko and Tymoshenko. They don't seem to be operating by the same structure. Seems that the court procedure is dictated fit the political needs of Yanukovych and the PoR.

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Anonymous May 19, 2011, 8:33 p.m.    

I'm not too happy with the reporting here; reporting the government allegations as facts (in the last two paragraphs), especially when not presenting at all the positions taken by the defense, does not seem to be a balanced approach.

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Anonymous May 19, 2011, 8:39 p.m.    

OK, I think I've cleared up this little mystery: Interfax/Ukraine is a subsidary of Interfax, a Russian nongovernmental based in Moscow. I earlier notice another slanted story by this agency. Why doesn't the Kyiv Post take some of their journalists off the restaurant reviews and actually do some real reporting, at least in the city of Kiev?

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Anonymous May 19, 2011, 10 p.m.    

What pisses me off, is Yanokovych getting away with stealing government property.


Double Standard????

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Anonymous May 20, 2011, 3:07 p.m.    

The tapes that Yanukovych and the Por have certified as authentic to convict Kuchma also contain evidence that Yanukovych and Azarov are guilty of graft and corruption.

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