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Prosecutor Lutsenko evokes the Frenchman arrested in Ukraine. The mystery deepens

Yuri Lutsenko (Credit: PE)
Discreet, the new Ukrainian prosecutor, Yuri Lutsenko nonetheless appears very offensive (Credit: PE)

(BRUSSELS2 – exclusive) The comment went almost unnoticed. Because there were not many people in the room of the “defense” committee of the European Parliament this past Wednesday (June 15) to listen to the Ukrainians. Everyone seemed to be looking elsewhere... However, it is worth listening.

During the hearing devoted to the European mission in Ukraine which helps the security forces to restructure (EUAM Ukraine), the chair of the session, the Pole Anna Fotyga brought to the podium the new Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Yuri Lutsenko. An absolutely enlightening statement.

He returned to the arrest, at the end of May, by the Ukrainian intelligence services (SBU) of an apparently ordinary Frenchman, suspected of wanting to commit a terrorist attack in France.. This Frenchman, arrested with a large collection of weapons", is "connected to high-ranking people (1) in the French police Lutsenko points out. " We have given all the information we have to our French colleagues ". Another clarification: the terrorist has arrived “on our territory from the Kremlin ! And he doesn't This is not an isolated case " (read : A Frenchman suspected of preparing terrorist attacks during the Euro arrested in Ukraine).

NB: this arrest and the nature of the alleged facts seem very strange. The prosecutor further deepens the mystery to the point that we can wonder if it is not rather a “political” rather than a “security” message from kyiv to Paris. Yuri Lutsenko is not just any magistrate. Appointed without any real legal expertise, he is above all close to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, responsible for putting an end to corruption.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde and Leonor Hubaut at the European Parliament)

Read also: Prosecutor Lutsenko wants to put an end to “systematized corruption”

(1) ” This person, suspected of terrorism, as far as we know, had a connection with French police officials“. A term (“officials”) that he uses carefully, making “quotation marks” and searching for his words.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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