Thursday, December 07, 2006

Corruption dealt with at the highest level... 67 dollar Fine!

Ukrainian Interior Minister Sentenced to $67 Fine in Corruption Trial
Created: 20.11.2006 17:39 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 17:39 MSK

A court in Kiev found Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko guilty of corruption on Monday, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reports.

Lutsenko’s lawyer, Yuriy Berhelson, has told the press that the Pecherskyy district court ordered the minister to pay a fine of 340 Hryvnas (about $67). The lawyer said the decision was “political” and that the court found that Lutsenko’s motives were not “selfish”.

Earlier, Deputy Prosecutor-General Renat Kuzmin accused Lutsenko of unlawfully promoting Interior Ministry officers and “presenting pistols to citizens who have no right to bear firearms”.

Lutsenko’s supporters dismiss the allegations as being part of a campaign to sack him because he is one of the few remaining ministers who back President Viktor Yushchenko.


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