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Kyiv court refuses to arrest chief editor of Strana.ua in absentia

It noted that the arrest in absentia is considered when the suspect is on the international wanted list
19:58, 3 October 2018

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Shevchenkivsky Court of Kyiv refused to arrest Igor Guzhva, the chief editor of internet news agency "Strana.ua" in absentia as the press service of the court reported.

"On October 3, 2018, the investigating judge of Shevchenkivsky Court held the court session on the consideration of the appeal on the change of the restrictive measure from the bail to the arrest of Igor Guzhva," the message said.

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It is noted that the judge did not satisfy an appeal due to the fact that the arrest in absentia is considered when the suspect put on the international wanted list.

During the court session, a prosecutor filed a new appeal on the choosing of the restrictive measure and asked to replace the first appeal on the change of the restrictive measure. However, the replacement of the appeal on the change of the measure was not provided.

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As we reported, in 2017, Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) held the searches at the editor's office of Strana.ua and the flats of two journalists of this media outlet. The chief editor of Strana.ua Igor Guzhva connected this with the critical articles towards MP of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Linko (Radical Party). According to him, the criminal case against the outlet was fabricated. Later Guzhva was detained and transferred to the Main Department of the National Police of Kyiv. He was sentenced to the detention in the custody with the possibility of the bailment in the sum of 21.2 thousand dollars. He emerged from the Lukyanisvska Prison on June 27 and claimed that two more investigations were prepared against him.

At the end of January, Ihor Guzhva addressed Austrian authorities with a plea for political asylum. He left Ukraine when his restrictive measure ended. At the same time, he remains the chief editor of 'Strana.ua'.

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