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Second Jail Term Sought For Ukrainian Ex-Minister

Former Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko
Former Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko
Prosecutors have asked for a prison sentence of 2 1/2 years for Ukraine's jailed former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko at his trial in Kyiv.

The verdict will be announced on August 17.

This is Lutsenko's second trial in which he is accused of allegedly ordering the illegal surveillance of suspects while investigating the poisoning of former President Viktor Yushchenko during his presidential campaign in 2004.

In February, Lutsenko was found guilty of embezzlement and abuse of office and sentenced to four years in jail.

Lutsenko pleaded not guilty in both cases and says the charges are politically motivated.

Last month, the European Court of Human Rights found Ukrainian authorities guilty of unlawfully detaining Lutsenko and ordered them to pay him 15,000 euros ($19,000) in damages.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax

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