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 US Ambassador: Lutsenko Was Made Guilty Even Before the Trial

The US ambassador to Ukraine John Tefft thinks that the court has allowed numerous violations in the case of ex-MVD Minister Yuriy Lutsenko and violated the assumption of innocence.

In his article for ZN.UA the ambassador wrote, "Recently the court (the European Court of Human Rights) has found Lutsenko's pre-trial arrest and detention to be illegal. In the verdict the court found the treatment of Lutsenko illegal as well as criticized the prosecution, the court hearings and the appeal process for the abuse of pre-trial procedures", said Tefft.

The US diplomat noted that the European court considers "very troubling" the fact that the court and prosecution decided to detain Lutsenko before the hearings to prevent his public speeches regarding innocence and criticizing the investigation. "These grounds for pre-trial arrest already assumes the suspect being guilty and violates the Constitution regarding the assumption of innocence".

"This is the type of incorrect grounds that can be expected from the judiciary system built for accusations and assuming that police and prosecutors are never wrong and they do not need to be asked to justify their actions; in a competitive criminal law of procedure these grounds are unimaginable", he stressed.

 
 
 
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