The Ukrainian News Agency has reported that the Kyiv Appeal Court has rejected the appeal earlier today brought by former interior affairs minister Yurii Lutsenko.

The decision was announced by a panel of judges who declared that: "The court has decided to leave the verdict of the Pecherskyi District Court of Kyiv unchanged and ... reject the appeal".

The full verdict will be announced on 22 May.

Meanwhile the Kyiv Post reported that Lutsenko's defense team intends to appeal against ruling of Kyiv's Court of Appeals. His lawyer, Ihor Fomin, told journalists:  "We can see what is going on in the country, and how our judicial system is working. We think that today a ruling was not pronounced on Yuriy Lutsenko’s case, (but rather) a ruling was pronounced on the court system of Ukraine. They are unable to make an independent decision. They are just fulfilling tasks… Of course we will appeal [against the ruling]… We have to use all possibilities and all means of national protection, after which we will appeal to the European Court [of Human Rights], and under the current state of affairs I am hundred percent sure that we will win this case in the European Court."

On 27 February the Pecherskyi District Court of Kyiv ruled that Lutsenko was guilty under Section 3 of Article 365 (abuse of power with serious consequences) and Section 5 of Article 191 (misappropriation, embezzlement, or possession of property through abuse of office, with serious consequences) of Ukraine’s Criminal Code. He was sentenced him to four years in prison, with confiscation of assets.

The courts decision was widely condemned by politicians throughout Europe.

Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/127686/#ixzz1v50iyyO1

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