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You're reading: Kyiv’s prosecutor’s office closes LB.ua case (updated)

Kyiv's prosecutor's office has closed a criminal case against the LB.ua online publication regarding invasion of privacy of people's deputy Volodymyr Landik (Regions Party faction) due to his inconsistent position.

“The prosecutor’s office of Kyiv has ruled to close the criminal case
on the violation of the correspondence privacy of people’s deputy
Landik due to the inconsistent position of the plaintiff, who has made
several conflicting statements in the media,” reads a statement of the
press service of the prosecutor’s office.

According to the prosecutor’s office, such a decision was taken after
checks were made into the legitimacy of the opening and investigation
of criminal cases against the media, in particular, against the LB.ua
online news site.

“The resolution closing the criminal case notes that the violation of
the law by the Internet publication has not caused significant harm in
this particular situation,” reads the statement.

As reported, Regions Party MP Volodymyr Landik demanded that the
prosecutor’s office in Pechersk district in Kyiv open a criminal case
against a number of journalists from the LB.ua online publication. The
prosecutors checked a statement made by the MP regarding the violation
of his rights by an online publication.

The publication’s editor-in-chief, Sonia Koshkina, said on the
Shuster Live talk show via Skype that Landik’s statement “is nothing
more than an occasion to deal with our media outlet and me personally.”

Landik subsequently recanted his claims, and the conflict was resolved.

The prosecutor’s office in Kyiv subsequently denied reports on the
opening of a criminal case against LB.ua, as claimed by the publication.

On July 18, Kyiv Prosecutor’s Office reported that the Prosecutor’s
Office of Pechersky district in Kyiv had opened a criminal case on the
violation of the secrecy of the correspondence of Landik by the LB.ua
online publication.

Kyiv Prosecutor Anatoliy Melnyk denied the possibility of there being political motives behind the opening of the case.

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