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Monday, January 10, 2011

Lutsenko’s Wife Frets Over Lockup ‘Aura’

You’ve made your aura, now lie in it.

Mrs. Lutsenko: We...uh...have knowledge that he’s in cell 158. This cell initially served death row. Later, in this cell, they keep...they kept...those sentenced to life. I believe this aura...that engulfs this cell...well, it’s...uh...unacceptable for my husband. He’s not a convict.

Did you say “aura,” ma’am? What about tangible things like torture?

Like breathing inside a plastic bag? Like being anally assaulted with an attitude adjuster? Like being beaten to death? Like being a vegetable for the rest of your life?

Agreed, it’s unfair to single out Lutsenko, given the crimes of others.

After all, what did Lutsenko do? Not much. He would drink and dance on the taxpayers’ dime, hopping from talk show to talk show. And all this time he would sit on top of an insanely corrupt, sadistic and bloated police force.

What do you make of a country whose
interior minister promotes his driver to the rank of Lt. Colonel? What do you make of a country whose police outnumbers its army two to one?

Lutsenko specialized in crimes of omission, not commission. The Georgians made police reform happen. Lutsenko made shit happen. That’s it.

As much as I hate Yanukovych, I love the medicine he has administered to one part of our elite.

In its own time, the other part will get a taste of its own medicine.



elmer said...

Taras, it is glaringly evident that Ukraine does NOT have a criminal justice system, from the police, to the jails, to the judiciary, to the prosecutors, and everything else that's connected.

The judicial part of a criminal justice system is, above all, supposed to be a search for the truth.

In Ukraine - it's police trying to fulfill quotas for convictions by torturing prisoners, and judges and prosecutors being used as instruments of political revenge and elimination of political opposition, especially in the current cases against Tymoshenko and 14 other former ministers, and 3 tax protest organizers.

In short, it is a horrid stalinist show trial system.

Lutsenko's wife is being a drama queen, as is typical in Ukraine. And maybe there's some good in part of the "political elite" being exposed to a small part of the insane stalinist system.

But she does have a point - Lutsenko is accused of a "white collar" crime, not murder, and unless he is a flight risk, there is no sense in making him sit in jail.

There also seem to be no copy machines in Ukraine, so that an accused can receive a copy of the documentary evidence and study it with his/her attorney.

Individual rights are non-existent- who ever heard of the prosecutor controlling when an accused can study the evidence, or putting someone in jail for studying it "too slowly," as was done with Lutsenko?

And in other countries, there is a fundamental, constitutional right against self-incrimination.

None of this nonsense about hauling people in for 11 hours at a time on a daily basis for "interrogation."

Ukraine is not a country - it is a sewer. Putler was right.

I don't think that the answer or solution is "more of the same," and "they'll get theirs."

Because the way things are going, the Blue Mafia will not "get theirs."

But it will be "more of the same" not only for Tymoshenko and the 14 ministers, for the 3 tax protest organizers, for the families who already have been brutalized by police, for the university students like Indylo who "fell down and hit their head and died" - but also for everyone else.

The solution is to stop the insanity now.

That means:
- right to bail
- independent, impartial judiciary, not politically appointed
- remedies via ability to sue government and receive monetary damage awards for unreasonable searches and seizures (for example, torture and abuse in prison, including coma-inducing injuries)
- right against self-incrimination

There's more. But not "more of the same."

Taras said...

Actually, white collar suspects tend to be a huge flight risk in Ukraine: Lazarenko, Ryabokon, Bakai (the list goes on).

Even though Lutsenko pales by comparison, he must pay for every crime he has committed.

He and his associates can now reassess their relationship with the system they chose not to reform.

Who knows, maybe the next Orange government will be more serious about "one law for all."