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Chernivtsi police did not open a case following an UOC MP priest's complaint against two journalists

13.10.2023, 17:40
Photo: the UOC Chernivtsi-Bukovyna Diocese
Photo: the UOC Chernivtsi-Bukovyna Diocese

The police did not open a case following a statement by an UOC MP priest, who complained against two journalists from Chernivtsi.

This was reported by the Main Office of the National Police in Chernivtsi Oblast in response to an inquiry from the the regional IMI representative.

In their reply, the police noted that they reviewed the statement as required by the Law of Ukraine "On Appeals by Citizens" and stopped the investigation as no signs of a criminal offence were found.

"The applicant was advised to appeal to the court according to the civil legislation of Ukraine," the reply reads.

As IMI reported, the abbot of the Bancheny Monastery, Metropolitan Lonhyn (Mykhailo Zhar) of the UOC MP has filed a statement with the Chernivtsi police, asking them to open a case against the journalists of the local media outlets "BookInfo" and "Chas".

As noted by both editors, they have written incriminating materials about the abbot, who, according to the media, is engaged in anti-Ukrainian activities. The media also recalled that in May, the police had notified Zhar of suspicion for inciting inter-religious enmity.

We would like to add that on September 25, 2023, the UOC MP Synod replaced the vicar of the Banchen monastery in Chernivtsi oblast. However, the announcement does not mention the reason for the replacement.

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