Another refusal to release Ivashchenko from custody



A panel of Pechersky District Court judges, headed by Judge Serhiy Vovk, the Judge in the case of Yury Lutsenko, has against rejected as “unwarranted” the application to release from detention former Acting Minister of Defence in Yulia Tymoshenko’s government, Valery Ivashchenko.  Ivashchenko’s lawyer had made the new application on the grounds of his client’s worsened state of health: with doctors having found a number of new illnesses, as well as exacerbation of old conditions.  The next hearing into his case was postponed until 4 August.

Valery Ivashchenko has been in detention now for almost a year. A criminal investigation was announced by a prosecutor from the Prosecutor General’s Office on 20 August 2010 and he was remanded in custody. The investigation was completed on 1 November 2010. 

Ivashchenko is charged with having, in November 2009 while Acting Minister of Defence abused his position by signing a plan to sell the Feodosia Marine Engineering Works which was property of the Ministry of Defence. 

New information reported by UNIAN

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