14:45 12.11.2009

Lazarenko to be detained if he returns to Ukraine, says interior minister

If Ukraine's former premier Pavlo Lazarenko returns to Ukraine, he will be detained as he is on the international wanted list, Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko has said.

"Lazarenko is on the international wanted list," he said on Thursday in an interview with reporters at the town of Irpin, Kyiv region.

While commenting on Lazarenko's statements about his plans to return to Ukraine, Lutsenko said that in this case "he will be detained at the airport and will be taken into custody."

A criminal case against the former premier is still open in Ukraine, the minister said.

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