Yuriy Lutsenko, former top cop, given four-year prison sentence

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March 1, 2012, 11:46 p.m. | Ukraine — by Yuriy Onyshkiv

Former Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko awaits his sentencing from a court detention cage on Feb. 27. A Kyiv judge sentenced the 2004 Orange Revolution leader to four years imprisonment on abuse-of-office charges in a trial condemned as politically motivated. He is an ally of imprisoned ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, also considered a victim of political persecution. Lutsenko, jailed in 2010, has two years and 10 months left to serve.
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Yuriy Onyshkiv

A sense of predictability hung in the air as the courtroom filled with dozens of journalists, Western diplomats and opposition politicians eager to hear the verdict against former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko on Feb. 27.
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