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21.09.2011

Court once again refuses to release Ivashchenko from custody

   

On 20 September the Pechersky District Court  yet again rejected an application to release former Acting Minister of Defence in Yulia Tymoshenko’s government, Valery Ivashchenko from custody.  Mr Ivashchenko’s lawyer Boris Nechyporenko argued that his client’s state of health had seriously worsened. In addition to conditions which he had already suffered from, new complaints had appeared while being held in the SIZO [detention centre.  He cannot receive some of the treatment needed in the SIZO which has neither a neurologist nor neurology department.

The representatives of the state prosecution stated that they saw no grounds for changing the restraint measures.

Valery Ivashchenko turned to the presiding Judge, Serhiy Vovk (who is also the presiding judge in the trial of former Minister of Internal Affairs in Yulia Tymoshenko’s government, Yury Lutsenko) with the following words: “I understand that pressure is being put on you, but there must be some self-respect”.

Judge Vovk rejected the application.  However, as he did on Monday in an analogous situation with Yury Lutsenko, Vovk issued a separate decision, during the attention of the Kyiv Penitentiary Service to the lack of medical treatment for Mr Ivashchenko.

The former Acting Defence Minister called this separate decision senseless since the SIZO cannot provide him with the medical care needed.

As reported, Valery Ivashchenko has been in detention for over a year. He 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.  Please see the Second Preliminary Report by the Danish Helsinki Committee on Human Rights, where Valery Ivashchenko’s case is one of those examined. 

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