President ordered to probe into fight between Lutsenko and Chernovetskiy

13:10, 21 January 2008
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The Interior Minister and Kyiv Mayor waged a fight in Secretariat

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko asked Prosecutor General of Ukraine Oleksander Medvedko to probe into the fight between Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko and Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetskiy, and, if necessary, to take all measures, stipulated by the legislation.

According to the President’s press-service, a respective official letter of the President was sent to the Prosecutor General today.

The President asked to inform him on the results of the investigation during a week.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on 18 January, after a session of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Yuri Lutsenko and Leonid Chernovetskiy waged a fight.

President’s Chief of Staff Victor Baloha, commenting on the Friday developments, claimed it was “shameful for the two high officials, regardless of who of them provoked the fight. The two officials behaved unworthy of their positions, extremely unreasonably, in a boyish way, and cast aspersions on their own authority and the reputation of state power agencies. It was the first, and, during my tenure on the post of the Presidential Secretariat’s head, the last case, when blows and slaps were exchanged at 11 Bankova Str.[the address of the Presidential Secretariat].”

V.Baloha stressed that the President expects the Prosecutor’s General Office to give a profound legal assessment of the fight between the Interior Minister and the Kyiv Mayor.

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