12:43 27.06.2017

Strana.ua editor-in-chief Huzhva released from pretrial detention centre

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Strana.ua editor-in-chief Huzhva released from pretrial detention centre

Editor-in-chief of the Internet ezine Strana.ua Ihor Huzhva has gone at large from the Lukyanivsky detention centre on Tuesday, Strana.ua has reported.

After leaving the detention centre, Huzhva told reporters that, according to his information, the authorities are preparing two more criminal cases: one - personally against him, and the second against the editorial office of the Internet edition Strana.ua.

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.

On June 27, Huzhva's lawyer, ex-Minister of Justice of Ukraine Olena Lukash said that Huzhva was bailed.

However, at about 20:20 on the same day, Lukash reported that officials of the territorial department of the State Judicial Administration of Kyiv could not find the time and opportunity on Monday to sign a letter to the pretrial detention centre confirming the transfer of the deposit amount to the treasury, so Huzhva will have to spend one night in custody.

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