Ukraine detains former interior minister

Ukraine's security service detained former interior minister Yuri Lutsenko on Sunday, his political party said.

Ukraine detains former interior minister

Ukraine's security service detained former interior minister Yuri Lutsenko on Sunday, his political party said.

The state prosecutor's office this month charged Lutsenko with abuse of office, saying he had embezzled state funds. He has denied any wrongdoing and dismissed the charges as politically motivated.

"Lutsenko went out with his dog and turned around the corner to where there were no CCTV cameras," the People's Self-Defense party said in a statement.

"There, 11 masked SBU servicemen... snatched him and took him away in a minivan," it said, referring to the SBU security service. Lutsenko's son ran after him and retrieved his phone and the dog before the former minister was taken away.

Neither the SBU nor prosecutors could be immediately reached on Sunday for comment.

Lutsenko's case is the latest in a string of criminal probes against senior members of the previous government which culminated this month when prosecutors charged former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko with abuse of office.

Tymoshenko has also dismissed the accusations as a political attack by the government of Yanukovich, who narrowly beat her in a February presidential runoff.

Tymoshenko has been ordered not to leave the country and is regularly summoned by prosecutors for questioning but has so far avoided detention and arrest.

Among other member of her government facing criminal charges are former economy minister Bohdan Danylyshyn and former environment minister Georgy Filipchuk.


Reuters

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