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State Prosecutor Dmytro Loban said at a meeting of Pechersky District Court in Kyiv that the PGO had qualified the charges against Lutsenko from the abuse of power or office (part 2 of Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine) to that of negligence (Part 1 of Article 367), an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported.

According to Loban, during the trial they established that Lutsenko had no intent to violate the rights of Valentyn Davydenko, the driver of former deputy head of the SBU Volodymyr Satsiuk, when signing an order to extend the investigation. The prosecutor’s office now believes that Lutsenko didn’t know that his deputy, Petro Koliada closed the proceedings, but as a minister, he had an obligation to check this, and by not doing so neglected his duties.

Thus, the prosecution qualified the severity of the charge because Article 367 of the Criminal Code envisages a maximum penalty of imprisonment up to three years, while Article 364 of the Criminal Code provides for a tougher punishment.

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