President Viktor Yanukovych signed a decree to pardon former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko and ex-Minister of Environmental Protection George Filipchuk.
13:28 Lutsenko left Mensky colony and can take part in the opposition rally, wrote on his Facebook page MP from the "Fatherland" Alexander Briginets.
12:38 Commission to the President for clemency, in deciding to make an offer of pardon Lutsenko, was based on the need for consistent implementation of the policy of decriminalization and humanization of the law, said Commissioner Olena Lukash.
12:14 European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule welcomed the decision to pardon Yanukovych Lutsenko and Filipchuk: "I welcome the decision of the President of Ukraine pardon Lutsenko and Filipchuk. This - the first, but important step towards the solution of the problem of selective justice ».
Lutsenko also welcomed the release of the press service of the "Fatherland" and the leader of the "hits" Vitali Klitschko.
11:07 Lutsenko representative in the European Court of Human Rights Telichenko Valentine believes that Lutsenko "finally returns to the political life of Ukraine, and even if you want to run for office." She also believes that Yanukovych could pardon of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
10:17 Decree of the President to pardon former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko and ex-Minister of Environmental Protection George Filipchuk was carried out in full, said the press service of the State Penitentiary Service.
9:40 The presidential press service reported that Yanukovych has pardoned six convicts, including Lutsenko and Filipchuk.
Appropriate proposals Head of State made the Commission to the President for clemency.
According to the decree of April 7, Lutsenko released from further serving the main punishment, and Filipchuk - from the basic and additional penalties. The decree comes into force from the date of its signing.
It was reported that a request for clemency to the President Lutsenko asked Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Valeria Lutkovska.
Also pardon former Interior Minister Yanukovych appealed Observation Mission of the European Parliament as part of Peta Cox and Alexander Kwasniewski.
To the president also received a petition Filipchuk requesting his pardon.