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Ukraine Probes Ex-Chief Prosecutor Lutsenko On Gambling Charges

Ukrainian investigators have launched a criminal probe into former Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko over alleged ties to illegal gambling.

A state investigation bureau spokeswoman on October 1 said criminal proceedings had been opened “over suspicions of abuse of power and malfeasance” in Lutsenko’s office “by facilitating illegal gambling businesses.”

Lutsenko, who left his post in August, denied any wrongdoing, saying on his Facebook page that “you need to have a rich imagination” to accuse him of links to illegal gambling.

Investigators in Kyiv opened the case against Lutsenko following a request by a senior lawmaker in Zelenskiy’s party. Authorities are required to open cases if asked to by members of parliament.

Lutsenko served in his post from 2016-19. He resigned in August after newly elected President Zelenskiy said he wanted the prosecutor-general to be “100 percent my person, my candidate.”

Source: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

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