Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Danish Helsinki Committee on Lutsenko/Korniychuk

A 13 page preliminary report by the Danish Helsinki Committee for Human Rights , in English, on the trials against former Minister of Interior Yurij Lutsenko and former First Deputy Minister of Justice Yevhen Korniychuk, is available here

It clearly highlights the massive shortcomings in the Ukrainian legal system and the enormous shake-out that needs to take place in order that it can meet the commitments and obligations that it undertook when it joined the Council of Europe.

One would imagine that with such a high profile case being closely watched by outside observers, Ukrainian law enforcement agencies and judiciary would pay particular attention to ensure legal norms were strictly adhered to. But this report exposes their incompetence, sloppiness and indifference to the views of others.

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