The Pechersky District Court of Kyiv on September 13 gave permission for former Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko to undergo a medical examination outside the prison, the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine reported on Wednesday, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

"A medical examination is soon to be conducted at a medical institution in Kyiv by a Health Ministry commission," reads the statement.

As reported, Lutsenko has been held in jail since December 26, 2010. Kyiv Court of Appeals on April 21 extended Lutsenko's arrest until May 26, and after that he announced his intention to go on hunger strike from April 22.

On May 10, Lutsenko was transferred from the medical unit of the pretrial detention center to an emergency hospital for conduct a medical examination.

On May 23, Lutsenko filed an official written statement announcing the end of his hunger strike starting from May 24.

As reported, on September 1 Lutsenko's defense team and family claimed that his health and life were in danger. At a press conference his wife said that he had been diagnosed with cryptogenic cirrhosis, which could lead to cancer if not treated.


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