The defense team of convicted Yuri Lutsenko intends to challenge the sentence in Court of Appeals, Lutsenko's lawyer Oleksiy Baganets declared, ForUm correspondent reports.

According to the lawyer, the defense expected the conviction and did not even hope for acquitting judgment, because the court did not take into account the testimonies of witnesses during the trial, but based its decision on pretrial interrogations.

Baganets also believes that a decision of the Court of Appeals will be announced before the consideration of Lutsenko's motion by the European Court on Humans Rights, scheduled for mid-April.

"The Court of Appeals will hurry to consider the case in order to change Lutsenko's status from the accused to the convicted. And in this case even if ECHR decides in Lutsenko's favour, the former interior minister will not be released from custody," the lawyer explained.

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