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In Kirovohrad, journalist was not allowed to court session "for lack of seats"

09.06.2015, 16:31

On June 5, in Kirovohrad, the editor of web-portal “Hrechka” Valeriy Lebid failed to attend a court session - first, officers of "Hryfon" special unit did not let him in, then the chief judge Ruslan Burko said there were not enough seats - as the session for some reason was held not in the proper session room, but in the judge's office room. Also, as Lebid managed to get into this office room, he saw that there were enough seats, yet no one except the parties and judges was allowed in, on the chief judge’s orders.

The editor of the portal "Hrechka" prepares an appeal to the High Qualifying Commission of judges in relation to this incident, as the very fact of conducting a session in the judge’s office and then denying access to press and public using excuse of "lack of seats" can be seen as indication of serious malpractice on behalf of the judge. 

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