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A message
was also placed on President Viktor Yanukovych’s official website stating that “the head of state is proposing that the Pardon Commission under the president consider without delay the applications from Valeria Lutkovska
and Georgy Filipchuk.  A separate message
is posted, apparently quoting Ms Lutkovska, the Human Rights
Ombudsperson, in which she asks for the pardon on the grounds of concern
for Lutsenko’s deteriorating health.

As reported, a strong message
was issued by EU High Representative, Catherine Ashton, and
Commissioner Stefan Füle on 4 April in which they “express their regret
over the rejection of former Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko’s cassation
appeal and reiterate concern over the trial which did not respect
international standards”.

“We have noted with regret yesterday’s
decision by Ukraine’s Higher Specialized Court for Civil and Criminal
Cases to uphold the verdict against Mr Yuriy Lutsenko of four years’
imprisonment.

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