EU official: Lutsenko, Ivaschenko groundlessly held in custody
“This problem, of course, is very important for the international community when it comes to such criminal cases as cases against Tymoshenko, Lutsenko and Ivaschenko,” he said.
“Based on my analysis, in any one of these cases that I mentioned there are no such exceptional circumstances that would justify their detention pending a court ruling,” he added.
Hammarberg added that Ukraine should adhere to the principles of presumption of innocence -- a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, he said that there were exceptional circumstances, on the basis of which there are grounds for arrest. In particular, they include a risk that a person will flee, destroy evidence, or exert pressure on witnesses, he added.
“If there are no such risks, then there are no grounds to hold a person in custody,” he said.
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