Former Police General Oleksy Pukach who is charged over the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze in September 2000 is claiming to the court that “he was saving Ukraine from a dangerous spy who was threatening Ukraine’s statehood”.
Former Interior Ministry employees have already collected the amount needed and paid the Ministry the amount which it is claimed former Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko spent on Police Day events in the Ukraina Palace in 2008 and 2009
Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has expressed his deep concern at the decline in Yulia Tymoshenko’s health and her decision to carry out a hunger strike in response to the violence and abuse she says she is suffering
US Ambassador to Ukraine, John Teffl has said his Embassy will be looking into the allegations that the former Prime Minister and opposition leader was kicked in the stomach and beaten when being transported from the Kachanivska Penal Colony to a hospital in Kharkiv last week
Valeria Lutkovska, newly elected Human Rights Ombudsperson, has told Channel 5 that she is ready to review her position on the case of former Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko after a more detailed reading of the file material
The three most prominent former government officials sentenced to widely criticised prison terms have now all been returned to prison. Their medical treatment coincided with the European Court of Human Rights’ Public Hearing in the case of Lutsenko v. Ukraine on 17 April.
The first day of hearings took place on Thursday into the new charges against former Prime Minister and opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko, who was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment over the 2009 gas accords with Russia
"The events of the past few months here in Ukraine have shown just how important a fair, independent, and accountable judicial system is to the further development of Ukraine’s democracy. The lack of professional independent courts, or even the perception that courts are not free, undermines faith in the justice system"
On 18 April the Constitutional Court announced that people serving sentences in penal institutions have the right to participate in hearings into their case at all levels, and pointed out that this right is not presently defined in procedural legislation
The former Kharkiv Regional Governor, ally of imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko and likely successful candidate in this year’s parliamentary elections refutes assertions from the Prosecutor General’s Office that he is under house arrest
On 17 April 2012 the European Court of Human Rights held a public chamber hearing in the case of Lutsenko v. Ukraine, this case specifically regarding the grounds and circumstances of the former Interior Minister’s detention
Former Acting Defence Minister in Yulia Tymoshenko’s government, Valery Ivashchenko who was sentenced on Thursday to 5 years imprisonment, has accused presiding judge Serhiy Vovk of torture over his treatment on Monday this week
Markus Lönung called what is happening in Ukraine “a step backwards” and a huge disappointment. He noted a considerable deterioration in press freedom and freedom in expressing views in the media, as well as restrictions on freedom of assembly.
The former Kharkiv Regional Governor, ally of imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko and likely successful candidate in this year’s parliamentary elections was detained on 25 March after the Ukrainian authorities initiated criminal proceedings against him over alleged “abuse of power”