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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Anonymous Sept. 8, 2011, 8:34 p.m.    

Lutsenko remember your little outburst at the airport in Germany? (jailable offence in most countries) I don't think anybody in europe will have sympathy for you!

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Anonymous Sept. 8, 2011, 10:03 p.m.    

What are you babbling about?

It was an incident in you understand?

What has that got to do with his illegal jailing in Ukraine?

Do you know the difference between an apple and an orange? LOL

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Anonymous Sept. 8, 2011, 10:20 p.m.    

Why is it illegal? the court has the right( like in any country ) to hold a defendant in custody if they think they will leave the country or something.He just has to wait for his day in court.Please explain how you can be jailed illegally if the court has not finished?

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Anonymous Sept. 9, 2011, 2:52 a.m.    

You live in a world of delusion. What is his crime? Has he stolen money? What is the risk of his absconding or leaving the country? This is without any doubt political persecution.

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Anonymous Sept. 9, 2011, 11:23 a.m.    

There were no grounds and there remain no grounds for the arbitrary arrest and subsequent detention of Yuri Lutsenko. In short, if Yuri Lutsenko had wanted to or had any intention of fleeing Ukraine he could have done so much earlier with no barriers to stop him. He repeatedly stated the same on several different occasions. Therefore, to insinuate otherwise is totally absurd. His arrest and detention was nothing less than a clear provocation and an intent by the authorities to try and intimidate the Opposition.

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Anonymous Sept. 11, 2011, 11:17 p.m.    

It shows his mind set, in case you didn't notice. 'I'm above the law, you can't touch me'. Well, Buckwheat, you've been touched. And if the EU Court for Human Rights decides in your favor, what are they going to do, invade Ukraine to enforce their decision? Probably not. To quote a famous quote, 'you're on your own, kid' .

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