This was the prosecutor’s appeal. According to the prosecution, Guzhva is trying to escape the investigation (as he is currently in Vienna).
“The individual that evades prosecution is placed on the wanted list. Once his whereabouts are established, he will be detained,” the prosecutor said.
At the same time, lawyers are assuring that their defendant is going through medical treatment abroad and will return to Ukraine on Feb. 20.
“I think it’s done prematurely. The court received all the statements that he is now being treated. This is why this decision is premature,” Guzhva’s lawyer Olena Klymenko said.
As we reported, in 2017, the SBU held the searches at the editor's office of Strana.ua and the flats of two journalists of this edition. 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 edition 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 of dollars. He emerged from the Lukyanisvska Prison on June 27 and claimed that two more investigations are 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'.