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The court acquitted the Ukrainian journalist suspected of state crimes

On March 27, the Shevchenko Court of Zaporozhye fully acquitted journalist Pavel Volkov, who spent more than a year in jail on charges of infringing on the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The prosecutor asked for a journalist 15 years in prison. After a lengthy discussion, the panel of judges issued a final verdict in the Volkov case. The judges decided to fully acquit the journalist, thereby dropping the charges against him under Part 2 of Art. 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (encroachment on the territorial integrity of Ukraine by a group of persons) and Art. 258-3 (another aiding terrorists).

Pavel Volkov himself said on Facebook the day before “exactly 1.5 years have passed since the start of political persecution against me.” “The case was fabricated from and to, the prosecution has not provided any substantial evidence of my guilt during all this time,” the journalist wrote.

Recall that in September 2017, the SSU reported on the detention of the “propagandist of the Donetsk peoples republic”, who “prepared and then posted various illegal materials on separatist Internet resources”. According to the intelligence service, the man “called for a change in the territorial integrity and inviolability of the Ukrainian borders” and “provoked incitement of ethnic discord.” At the same time, the SSU specifically noted that the “agitator” received “tasks” and coordinated his work with curators from the Russian Federation, who financed these sites. Department officials reported that during the searches Volkov found computer equipment decorated with St. George ribbons and information carriers with “evidence of the preparation and distribution of anti-Ukrainian materials and participation in an illegal referendum.” In addition, the detainee found a resume for employment in the pro-Russian resources.

On October 25, 2018, due to the lack of grounds for extending the preventive measure to Pavel Volkov, the court released the journalist from custody. In connection with the replacement of the judge, the examination of evidence in the case began from the beginning.

It was opened criminal proceedings under Art. 110 (encroachment on territorial integrity) of the Criminal Code (encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine).

The prosecutor did not agree with the decision of the court and is preparing an appeal.

On the same day, it became known that lawyers Christian Wehrschutz, a journalist at the largest Austrian television company ORF, appealed to the Kiev District Administrative Court to declare the decision of the Security Service of Ukraine to ban his entry into Ukraine illegal.

This is stated on the page of Christian Wehrschutz on Facebook.

 

“Today, our legal team, that represents Christian Wehrschűtz, a journalist of the largest Austrian broadcasting company ORF, has appealed to the District Administrative Court of Kiev to file a claim for recognition of the illegal decision of the Security Service of Ukraine to ban his entry into the territory of Ukraine.
This decision of the SSU is associated with dissatisfaction from the part of the Ukrainian authorities with his reports.

Officially, the SSU incriminates a journalist from visiting the occupied territories, despite the fact that he has direct permits from the SSU to work on the uncontrolled territory of Ukraine.

In a public trial, we will prove that Christian Wehrschűtz did not violate Ukrainian laws and suffered precisely in connection with journalistic activities.

We are further ready to solve this issue at the diplomatic level, and in case of a positive result, the claim will be withdrawn.”

 

Earlier, the Security Service of Ukraine forbade Austrian journalist Christian Wehrschutz to enter Ukraine for one year, while justifying such a decision by the need to ensure the safety of a journalist.

“Recall that Christian Wehrschutz stated in his interview about the existing threats to his life in Ukraine. In order to avoid possible provocations during the stay of the Austrian journalist in our country, the Security Service of Ukraine in accordance with the law decided to ban him from entering,” – the agency said.

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