Drunk Ukrainian politician detained at Frankfurt airport

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Drunk Ukrainian politician detained at Frankfurt airport
Yeah! Thumbs up! A file photo of Lutsenko at a campaign event. Photo: DPA

An intoxicated Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko and his son Oleksandr caused a scene at the Frankfurt airport this week when a German Lufthansa pilot refused to allow them onto a plane, daily Bild reported on Wednesday.


Both Lutsenkos arrived from Kiev to catch a flight to Seoul on Monday evening, but the 44 and 19-year-old passengers were so drunk that they would be a “security risk” on the flight, the paper said.

“It was a big scene,” a witness told Bild, which reported the two shouted and threw their mobile phones as police arrived.

Officers called for backup as the situation descended into a brawl and police made what the paper called a “hard arrest,” cuffing the especially wild junior Lutsenko – who reportedly tested positive for a stiff 0.3 percent blood alcohol content.

His father avoided an alcohol test by showing his diplomatic identification, the paper said.

Lutsenko then demanded that German officials apologise to him, refusing to leave a detention area through the front door.

Vice police president for the state of Hessen arrived as what the paper called an “angel of peace” around midnight. The two negotiated for more than an hour, agreeing that there would be no official report on the incident.

The two men were released and flew on to Seoul late on Tuesday night, Bild said.


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