Huzhva officially declared suspect, his house searched
The editor-in-chief of the online media outlet “Strana.ua” Ihor Huzhva was officially notified in writing that he is suspected of money extortion (part 3, article 189 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine), and his home is being searched. “Detector media” learned this from the press secretary of the Prosecutor General Larysa Sarhan.
Based on the criminal offense he is accused of, he can be imprisoned for 5 to 10 years, and his property can be confiscated.
Huzhva showed the written notification in his video address published by his attorney Olena Lukash.
According to him, the document claims that he blackmailed MP Dmytro Linko by promising to publish materials damaging to the latter's reputation and demanding money for not publishing these materials.
Huzhva says that the accusation is “completely falsification and lies”. He said that he never communicated with Linko or his assistants mentioned in the official notice. He said that the only time Linko was mentioned in his communications it all was the case when Anton Filipovskyi asked him to remove the published material about Linko, promising to pay 20 thousand dollars for this, but he refused the offer, "as anyone can see, thus material is still published at the website, it is about the conflict of the people of Linko and Kiva".