Voice of America: US disappointed by Lutsenko verdict

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Aug. 18, 2012, 9:20 a.m. |

Yury Lutsenko, former head of Ukraine's Interior Ministry

The United States says it is “disappointed” by Friday's verdict in the trial of Ukraine's former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, calling it a “politically motivated prosecution of opposition members.”

In a statement, the U.S. embassy in Kyiv said the prosecution of Lutsenko and his close ally, jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, raises serious concerns about Ukraine's commitment to democracy and rule of law.

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