12:30 26.06.2017

Huzhva still in Lukianivka, bail posted – lawyer

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Huzhva still in Lukianivka, bail posted – lawyer

A bail has been made for Editor-in-Chief of the Strana.ua news portal Ihor Huzhva, his lawyer, ex-minister of justice of Ukraine Olena Lukash has said.

"Bail has been posted for Ihor Huzhva by Svitlana Kriukova (Huzhva's deputy). Ihor has been taken to Lukyanivka detention center. They took him there, being aware that he was bailed out," Lukash wrote on her Facebook page.

"We will wait for the confirmation from the treasury, and very soon Ihor will be at large," she added.

As earlier reported, Huzhva was arrested in Kyiv on Thursday, June 22, 2017. According to Ukraine's Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko, Huzhva demanded $10,000 in exchange for not publishing compromising material on a politician. According to the PGO, photographic and video evidence backs up charges of impropriety. Dmytro Linko, a Verkhovna Rada deputy from the Radical Party faction, confirmed on Friday morning that Huzhva had demanded money from him.

The same day, the Kyiv city prosecutor's office reported that Huzhva and his mediator had been detained on suspicion of large-scale extortion under Article 189, part 3, of the Criminal court of Ukraine.

On June 24, Kyiv's Shevchenkivsky District Court chose a preventive measure for Huzhva and placed him in custody for two months with an option of a bail in the amount of UAH 544,000.

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