Lutsenko sure European Court of Human Rights will confirm illegality of his arrest

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Sept. 8, 2011, 7:48 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Former Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, who has been in jail since the end of 2010, has said he is confident that the European Court of Human Rights will take a positive decision regarding the illegality of his arrest. "As for my criminal case, I'm sure that I will win this lawsuit at the European Court of Human Rights," he said in an interview with the Sіlskі Visti newspaper, passing the answers to the newspaper's reporter through his lawyers.

He said that his expectations concerning his innocence had proved true.

"As I hoped, my innocence has been confirmed in the testimony of victims and witnesses who are talking about the legality of my actions as interior minister."

As reported, Lutsenko has been held in jail since December 26, 2010. Kyiv Court of Appeals on April 21 extended Lutsenko's arrest until May 26, and after that he announced his intention to go on hunger strike from April 22.

On May 10, Lutsenko was transferred from the medical unit of the pre-trial detention center to an emergency hospital to conduct a medical examination.

On May 23, Lutsenko filed an official written statement announcing the end of his hunger strike starting from May 24.
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