Krychau District Court exacts 900,000 rubles from “Volny Horad” in favor of Cherykau PMK-280

2013 2013-09-11T13:54:44+0300 2013-09-11T13:54:44+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 10 September a sitting of the Krychau District Court considered another claim of the PSC "Cherykau PMK-280" to the journalists of the independent newspaper "Volny Horad".

In his lawsuit the head of the PSC “Cherykau PMK-280” A Fralou asked the Krychau District Court to exact 900,000 rubles from the editor of the newspaper “Volny Horad” Uladzimir Kudrautsau, its editor Siarhei Niarouny and journalist Mikalai Herdziy 900,000 rubles in favor of the PMK as a compensation of the court fee and the lawyer's services.

The basis for the lawsuit was the fact that on 17 June the Krychau District Court issued a verdict on the verdict on the lawsuit “about the protection of business reputation” filed by the Cherykau PMK-280 against the independent newspaper “Volny Horad”. The court found that the information about the Cherykau PMK-280, published in the article “Serfs” in the issue of “Volny Horad” for 3 February 2013 and obliged the newspaper to publish a retraction.

Judge of the Krychau District Court Antanina Kachanava granted the lawsuit of the Cherykau PMK-280 and ruled that 945,000 were to be exacted from the newspaper. The trial lasted for about 40 minutes.

The journalists intend to receive the text of the verdict and then plan their further steps.

Bear in mind that another lawsuit of the Cherykau PMK-280 to the newspaper “Volny Horad” will be considered on 18 September. The reason for the lawsuit is the article “Waiting for Your Retraction”, published by the newspaper on 29 June.
The administration of the Cherykau PMK-280 accuses the newspaper of discredit of its authority and damage to its business reputation.

It's worth mentioning that Aliaksandr Kurylin, Judge of the Krychau District Court, who considered the case on the previous lawsuit of the Cherykau PMK to the “Volny Horad”, received a promotion at work: he was appointed the head of the Slauharad District Court.