Verkhovna Rada asks government to suspend Lutsenko from post

12:25, 15 May 2009
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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has passed a resolution, stipulating to address the government with a request to suspend Yuri Lutsenko from post of the Interior Minister of Ukraine until the “drunken incident” in the Frankfurt airport is investigated.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, 423 out of 438 MPs, registered in the session hall, voted for this.

Besides, the resolution stipulates that the Cabinet of Ministers must carry out an investigation of the incident in Frankfurt during a week.

According to the resolution, materials of the investigation must be passed to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine “for making a respective decision”.

The parliamentary factions are to propose members of an ad hoc investigative commission, which will study the issue.

As UNIAN reported earlier, according to Deutsche Welle, referring to Bild newspaper, Interior Minister of Ukraine Yuri Lutsenko spent half a day in a police station at Frankfurt airport. The Minister and members of the Ukrainian delegation in a state of acute alcohol intoxication were detained by police. According to Bild, the plane captain refused to take off with such drunken passengers. In response, Lutsenko allegedly "took offense, started shouting and hurling his mobile phone." Police had to detain the passengers, one of whom, the 19-year-old son of the minister, Alexander, was allegedly incompliant and as a result was handcuffed, media reported

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