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 PGO intends to put fugitive journalist Huzhva on international wanted list, - Lutsenko

The Prosecutor General's Office intends to put on the national and international wanted lists Chief Editor of Strana.ua online news outlet Ihor Huzhva who asked Austrian authorities for political asylum.

"We are certainly going to file a motion ... to put him first on the national and subsequently on the international wanted lists," Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko told a briefing on Friday, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

He also said that the Prosecutor General's Office will also request to expropriate the bail posted for Huzhva which was determined by a court hearing one of the cases filed against the chief editor of Strana.ua.

As reported, Huzhva was arrested in Kyiv on June 22, 2017. According to Ukraine's Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko, Huzhva extorted $10,000 in exchange for not publishing dirt on an incumbent politician.

On June 23, Dmytro Linko, a Verkhovna Rada deputy from the Radical Party faction, confirmed that Huzhva had extorted money from him.

Kyiv City Prosecutor's Office reported that Huzhva and his mediator had been detained on charges of large-scale extortion.

Huzhva was placed in a two-month pre-trial detantion with an option to post 544,000 hryvnia in bail. He was later bailed out and released from the pre-trial detention facility.

The editorial office was searched several times.

Huzhva fled to Austria and asked the country's authorities for political asylum on Feb.1.


Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3048242