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22.05.2004

Right to a Fair Trial when Official Secrets are Involved Sep.1999

   

In the previous report we described the case connected with closing the newspaper . Politika. . On 6 October , 1998, Pecherskiy district court of the city of Kyiv considered the claim of the deputy of the General Prosecutor and ruled to stop publishing the newspaper . Politika. . It was done because the newspaper published the article written by the editor-in-chief Oleg Liashko and titled . Spy novel-2. , which contained information making state secrets. On 12 January 1999 Piotr Shevchuk, the chairman of the Supreme Court collegium in civil questions, protested against the ruling of Pecherskiy district court, so the case had to be reconsidered. On 9 February Piotr Shevchuk suspended the decision of banning the newspaper. The newspaper began to appear again.

The case of banning the newspaper according to the claim of the General Prosecutor. s office was reconsidered in Moskovskiy district court. On 20 May this court suspended the publication of the newspaper by the same reason as before. The cassation complaint was not satisfied, on 23 June the Kyiv city court confirmed the decision of the district court. The newspaper handed the complaint to the Supreme Court, which has to consider the case soon. The newspaper has not been published since 23 July.

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