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Lutsenko's defense predicts 'categorical' decision by European Court on Ukraine

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April 12, 2012, 6:28 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Valentyna Telychenko, a representative of former Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko (in the photo) in the European Court of Human Rights, has predicted that the court will make a tough decision on Ukraine concerning Lutsenko's complaint.
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Valentyna Telychenko, a representative of former Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), has predicted that the court will make a tough decision on Ukraine concerning Lutsenko's complaint. "The hearing of Lutsenko's case in the European Court of Human Rights is scheduled for April 17. I think that the court will take into account all of the facts... The decision on Ukraine will be very categorical," she said at a press conference in Kyiv on April 12.

Telychenko said that the concealment of the diagnosis of viral hepatitis by representatives of the State Penitentiary Service from Lutsenko could be qualified as an attempt on his life.

"Our complaint to the ECHR also concerns the violation of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which deals with the guarantees of life. It also confirms the existence of political motives in the arrest and prosecution of Lutsenko," she said.
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Roman Dawydiak April 14, 2012, 10:13 a.m.    

There can be little if any doubt concerning the outcome of the hearing by the ECHR on the case of Yuriy Lutsenko commencing on April 17/2012. This spoof of justice with the infamous Judge Vovk presiding could be classified as a TV Comedy if it were not for the fact that it is the judicial system in Ukraine that is actually on trial. An exoneration of the defendant would require Ukrainian authorities to release without any conditions the political prisoner, Yuriy Lutsenko. Although some international observers suspect that the Kyiv Administration may try to drag its feet on this matter or perhaps tag on additional charges the verdict of the ECHR is final and cannot be appealed. Moreover, should Yanukovych and Company decide not to abide by the verdict they will openly expose themselves to severe penalties from the Council of Europe.

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