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Former Ukrainian Interior Minister motions dismissed

17:59 20/11/2012

KIEV, November 20 - RAPSI. The Kiev Appeals Court has dismissed former Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko's motions during the consideration of appeal against the second sentence, the UNIAN news agency reported on Tuesday.

The court refused Lutsenko's request for the Interior Ministry guidelines on holding an investigation. It also dismissed his request for the order that allegedly allowed spying on the driver of Vladimir Satsyuk, the former first deputy head of the security services. The court similarly refused to call witnesses while reviewing the appeal.

In February 2012, a Ukrainian court sentenced Lutsenko to four years in prison on charges of embezzling state funds and abuse of power. The appeals court upheld the sentence.

On August 17, the Pechorsky District Court also found Lutsenko guilty of negligence in another criminal case against him and sentenced him to two years in prison. The second case against Lutsenko was based on accusations that he illegally eavesdropped and spied on Satsyuk's driver.

The matter is being considered as part of former President Viktor Yushchenko's poisoning case.

The former minister claims he is innocent and says his prosecution is politically motivated.

In Ukraine, if an individual is convicted in more than one trial, only the longer of the terms must be served. Thus, Lutsenko's original prison term will remain unchanged.

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Former Ukrainian Interior Minister motions dismissed

17:59 20/11/2012 The Kiev Appeals Court has dismissed former Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko's motions during the consideration of Lutsenko's appeal against the second sentence.
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