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Metzher served with a new suspicion, of illegal detention of people

08.10.2021, 19:48
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On October 8, the suspended from office chairman of the board of Ukreximbank, Yevhen Metzher, was served with a new suspicion for unlawful deprivation of liberty or detention of people, obstructing the work of journalists of "Skhemy" program. This was reported on the website of the Kyiv City Prosecutor's Office.

He is accused of obstructing the lawful professional activity of journalists and illegal detention of people (parts 1, 3 of Article 171, part 2 of Article 146 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

Investigative and procedural actions in criminal proceedings continue.

The sanction of article of h. 2 Art. 146 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (“Illegal imprisonment or abduction”) provides for restriction of liberty for up to five years or imprisonment for the same term.

As IMI reported, on October 7, the Holosiivskyi Police Department served notice of suspicion  to the chairman of the board of Ukreximbank Yevhen Metzher and to another employee of Ukreximbank for obstructing the legitimate professional activities of journalists - parts 1, 3 of Art. 171 (“Obstruction of lawful professional activity of journalists”) of the Criminal Code. 

 On October 6, Kyiv City Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Nadiya Maksymets said that Ukreximbank officials involved in the case of obstructing the professional activities of “ Skhemy” journalists were avoiding receiving notices of suspicion from law enforcement.

As IMI reported, on October 4 in Kyiv, employees of the state-owned Ukreximbank used brute force against  the film crew of "Skhemy" while recording an interview with the chairman of the financial institution Yevhen Metzher right in his office.

The Kyiv Police has initiated criminal proceedings for obstructing the professional activities of journalists of the “Schemes” program (Part 1 of Article 171 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

Ukreximbank accused “Skhemy” journalists of misappropriating information with limited access (banking secrecy) and violating the Code of Ethics for Ukrainian Journalists.

On October 4, journalists for “Skhemy”were summoned for questioning as victims to establish all the circumstances of the incident at Ukreximbank during a recording of an interview with Chairman of the Board Yevhen Metzher.

On October 4, the editorial board of "Skhemy" managed to restore the video deleted by Ukreximbank employees during the attack on the film crew in the office of the head of the state bank Yevhen Metzher.

On October 5, the Supervisory Board of Ukreximbank announced that it had begun investigating the circumstances of the conflict with “Schemy” journalists.

On October 6, Ukreximbank's Chairman of the Board Yevhen Metzher said he would step down from office during the police investigation and an internal bank investigation into the conflict with “Skhemy” journalists.

On October 6, Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said that the Office of the Prosecutor General would not cover for the actions of employees of the state-owned Ukreximbank who attacked the TV crew of the "Skhemy" program. The person in charge will be notified of the suspicion.

On October 6, the Supervisory Board of Ukreximbank decided to suspend the Chairman of the Board of Ukreximbank Yevhen Metzher from the exercise of his powers for the duration of the internal investigation.

On October 6, police officers requalified the case on the grounds of a crime under Part 3 of Art. 171 of the Criminal code of Ukraine (Obstruction of lawful professional activity of journalists by an officer). The initial registration at the request of journalists was under Part 1 of Art. 171 (obstruction by denial of access, seizure of equipement, illegitimate ban to cover some issues and so on).

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