Yuri Lutsenko, interior minister under Tymoshenko, President Viktor Yanukovich’s main rival, is already serving four years for a separate charge and Friday’s sentence should not add to that jail time.
But the ruling means he will stay in prison even if the European Court of Human Rightsoverturns his previous conviction. The court has already found his arrest on the initial charges illegal but has yet to rule on the actual verdict.
On Friday the court found Lutsenko acted negligently in authorising an illegal extension of surveillance over another former official’s driver. The previous conviction was for embezzlement and abuse of office.