The Pechersk district court of Kyiv will announce its verdict on Aug. 17
in the case where former Interior Minister is accused of negligence. The prosecutors
claimed during an Aug. 10 hearing that Lutsenko displayed professional
negligence when extending surveillance while investigating the 2004 poisoning
of Viktor Yushchenko, who served as president in 2005-2010.
The prosecutors claimed that Lutsenko deserves a 2.5-year prison
sentence for the alleged crime. Lutsenko himself said the case was “a political
vendetta” while speaking in court.
He and jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko have repeatedly accused
President Viktor Yanukovych of sidelining them from politics through
politically motivated trials. The U.S. and European Union have also described
concern, describing both cases as politically motivated while warning
Yanukovych’s administration that a rollback on democracy could test bilateral