Court throws out extremism case against Svaboda newspaper

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The Hrodna Regional Court on November 5 reviewed an appeal against the veridct of the Iuye District court which ruled that the August 2008 issue of the unregistered newspaper Svaboda (Freedom). Justice Alexander Sitsko forwarded the case back to the district court for a fresh hearing. According to local human rights activists, the case was rejected by the regional court because of procedural fauls as the interested parties had not been properly informed about the hearing.

Spring96.org reminds that on September 9, the Iuye District Court ruled that the August 2008 No 127 issue of the newspaper was of extremist nature and ordered to destroy 5000 copies of the edition. The civil case was opened following a statement signed by Ihar Syarheenka, the head of KGB department in the Hrodna region on September 4. The state security service described as suspicious the story titled "War in Georgia".