German ForeignOffice: Lutsenko needs hospital care now


Former Minister of Internal Affairs Yury Lutsenko has the right to an honest trial and must be moved to hospital as soon as possible. This was the message on Friday from Dr Werner Hoyer,  Minister of State at Germany’s Federal Foreign Office.

“This is all the more important given that his detention in that prison does not correspond with the severity of the changes laid against him”

Dr Hoyer stressed that the German government remained concerned by the trials of many high-ranking officials of the former government, among whom are also the former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

“The government firmly demands that Ukraine observe the principles of a law-based State and stresses that the continuation of these trials could have impact on the bilateral relations and on Ukraine’s relations with the EU”, he warned.

A Health Ministry Commission recommended on 30 August that Yury Lutsenko receive treatment and further examination by a group of specialists at a specialized gastroenterology clinic.  At that time Yury Lutsenko was diagnosed as suffering from cryptogenic cirrhosis of the liver with portal hypertension and digestive tract varicose veins.  Despite this, at the beginning of last week the presiding judge in the trial of Yury Lutsenko refused to give permission for him to receive hospital treatment. On Thursday the media reported that the Ministry of Health now asserted that Yury Lutsenko was in good health.

Lutsenko was arrested in late December by 11 Special Force Alfa officers when walking his dog.  The criminal investigation had been initiated in November and Lutsenko gave a signed undertaking not to leave his place of residence.  He did not do so and any reasons given for his remand in custody were seriously questionable.  Concern over the charges against him has also been expressed both in Ukraine and abroad, most recently in the second report by the Danish Helsinki Committee of Human Rights

New information reported by Dzerkalo Tyzhnya (photo by O. Tovstyzhenko)

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