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You're reading: Court to announce ruling in case against Lutsenko on Yuschenko poisoning on August 17

Kyiv's Pechersky District Court will announce its ruling on the case against former Interior Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko, who is charged with negligence when signing an order to extend the surveillance of Valentyn Davydenko, a driver of former deputy head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Volodymyr Satsiuk, on August 17 at 08.15.

According to an Interfax-Ukraine reporter, the presiding judge in the case, Hanna Medushveska, said this before leaving for a decision room following a debate on the case on Friday.

On February 27, 2012, Pechersky District Court in Kyiv found Lutsenko guilty of committing official crimes and sentenced him to four years in prison, with confiscation of his property.

The essence of the charges lies in the fact that Lutsenko, while serving as interior minister, allegedly facilitated the accrual of an illegal pension for his driver, Leonid Prystupliuk, the allocation of housing to him, as well as his inclusion in the operational services department.

The court also found the ex-minister guilty of misusing public money for the celebration of the Police Day at the Ukraine National Palace in 2008-2009.

Lutsenko was detained on December 26, 2010.

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