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Kyiv prosecutor: Opening of criminal case against LB.ua not politically motivated

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July 19, 2012, 6:43 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Kyiv Prosecutor Anatoliy Melnyk has denied claims that the opening of a criminal case against the LB.ua online newspaper regarding the invasion of privacy of Regions Party MP Volodymyr Landik could be politically motivated.
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Kyiv Prosecutor Anatoliy Melnyk has denied claims that the opening of a criminal case against the LB.ua online newspaper regarding the invasion of privacy of Regions Party MP Volodymyr Landik could be politically motivated.

"All these rumors have no grounds, especially political ones," he said at a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday.

He said that the opening of the criminal case "can in no way be described as interference in the work of the media."

Melnyk said that investigative actions with LB.ua officials had not yet been conducted.

"The site will continue to work," the prosecutor said.

He described this case as "an ordinary criminal case" and said that the prosecutor's office had first conducted checks upon a statement received from Landik on June 21. On the morning of July 5, the prosecutor's office received a request from Landik asking that it stop the checks and recanting his claims.

"After dinner on the same day, we got another request from him asking to continue the checks," Melnyk said, adding that the request was addressed to the prosecutor of the Pechersk district and the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine.

In order to clarify the deputy's final position on this issue, he was invited to the prosecutor’s office to explain, and he was informed on July 13 that it was a criminal offense to deliberately provide false testimony.

In his explanations, Landik said he wanted the checks to be continued.

"I think there's no doubt the prosecutor’s office was obliged to conduct such checks," he said. 

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blueriver July 19, 2012, 7:17 p.m.    

The party of Babies (regions) are at it again when they have power use it to attack your oponents, thats why they are babies..they even locked a lady in Jail very brave babies....No one in EU like the Party of SCUM...

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Charles Spencer July 19, 2012, 7:20 p.m.    

This department is a hive of corruption...where is the President in defending Democracy in the Ukraine.He fools no 1, especially in the WEST...Do the right thing, the people of Ukraine.

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Frederick Sass July 20, 2012, 3:29 a.m.    

Jailed opposition...silenced media... official foreign language. Cannot Yanukovych see he is not being very original. He is merely copying the same strategy used by other. Specifically Syria comes to mind. Besides the violence in Syria, there is not very much difference in how Yanukovych runs Ukraine. Also, notice how Putin has been sponsoring and defending both Syria's Assad and Ukarine's Yanukovych. They must both be following the Russian formula for tyranny?

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blueriver July 20, 2012, 11:08 a.m.    

The party of Babies (regions) are at it again when they have power use it to attack your oponents, thats why they are babies..they even locked a lady in Jail very brave babies....No one in EU like the Party of SCUM...

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