Lawyer from Poltava sues judge and "1+1" channel demanding to refute aired judge's words about him
On October 30 in Kyivskyi district court of Poltava city, court session started on the civil claim of director of legal services company Oleksander Kovzhoha against the judge of Oktyabrskyi district court of Poltava Larysa Holnyk and against the LLC “TV and Radio Comapny “Studio 1+1”. The claimant demands to rule the information voiced by Holnyk and broadcasted by the TV channel, invalid, and to refute it, “Kolo” refutes. The claimant demands to refute the words said by the judge in the morning program at “1+1”. When asked by the host “Did you personally receive threats often?”, she answered: “Honestly, even now I cannot say I was directly threatened, but there were situations when some people were pretty straightforward, for example, Oleksandr Kovzhoha said "if you do not want to do it the good way, you will face consequences” (quoted from the claim – ed.). Presently, the media outlets reports, the video of this story is not available at the channel. Oleksandr Kovzhoha denies that he ever said these words, and claims that Larysa Holnyk made public information that compromises his honor, dignity and business reputation. He claims the judge was acting so because in one of the cases he was defending Mr. Mamay (the mayor of Poltava) where he was accused of corruption, and he made a motion to recuse her as a judge. Instead, the defenders claim to be not guilty, as the very wording chosen by the judge did not necessarily indicate that she complained about being threatened by the lawyer. TV channel representative emphasized that in case of any complaints, the claimant needs to address them and demand to refute the information within 14 days (during this team, the raw footage is stored). Yet Kovzhoha did not complain to the channel directly. Other copies now cannot be considered a proper evidence in the court of law.
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