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Lutsenko trial: witnesses again see no breach of the law
During the latest court hearing in the second trial of Yury Lutsenko, former Interior Minister in Yulia Tymoshenko’s government, two more witnesses have testified in his favour. The second trial is over the third charge against him which was unexpectedly separated into a different trial late last year. His conviction and 4-year sentence over the first two charges has been widely condemned as politically motivated.
Lutsenko is now accused of having organized the unlawful surveillance on Valentin Davydenko, driver of the former Deputy Head of the SBU [Security Service] Volodymyr Satsyuk. Yushchenko had been taken ill in 2004 after dining with SBU people at the dacha of the SBU Deputy Head.
Former Deputy Interior Minister, Petro Kolyada testified in court that the period for investigative operations regarding Yushchenko’s poisoning had not ended. He said that he saw nothing against the law in Lutsenko’s behaviour in this matter. He said that the surveillance measures were in a case which has a time limit of 15 years, and there was therefore no need to extend it. Lutsenko is charged with unlawfully extending the surveillance.
Volodymyr Yevdokimov, another Deputy Minister also confirmed that Yury Lutsenko had not broken the law, and added that he himself was in charge of the poisoning case.