C14 Attack Against Lawyer and Journalist in Zhitomir Under Police Investigation

The attackers of lawyer Andrey Gozhiy and journalist Andrey Loktionov have been identified and are under investigation, Alla Vaschenko, Head of Communication Unit of the National Police in Zhitomir Oblast, told the press.

A brawl took place on 28 September 2018 at Korolevsky courthouse in Zhitomir during a hearing of the case of Ukrainian journalist Vasily Muravitsky between Muravitsky's lawyer Andrey Gozhiy and representatives of right-wing radical organizations C14 and Nazionalny Korpus. Some of the righ-wing radicals were masked and armed with melee weapons. The video of the conflict is available at Uspishna Varta YouTube channel.

Commenting the incident, Alla Vaschenko stated that reinforced protection of a court is provided when there's a relevant court order. As there was no such order, no protection was provided. The court explained that the absence of protection was caused by wrong date in the official request (allegedly, Saturday 29 of September, a weekend, was indicated instead of September 28).

According to Vaschenko, the presence of armed members of C14 and Nazionalny Korpus at the court hearing was guaranteed by the right to freedom of movement and expression. "Under our Constitution, everyone has the right to free movement, own opinion and legitimate expression. Therefore there were no grounds for their detention as they moved from one place to another", the police representative commented.

The police representative reported that attackers of lawyer Andrey Gozhiy and journalist Andrey Loktionov had been identified after the incident. Presently their offences are under investigation.

The video commentary of the Head of Communication Unit of the National Police in Zhitomir Oblast can be watched here.

On 28 September 2018,representatives of C14 and Nazionalny Korpus arrived to a court hearing of the case of Ukrainian journalist Vasily Muravitsky at Korolevsky courthouse in Zhitomir. During a recess, making advantage of the absence of police, C14 representatives led by Yevgeniy Karas provoked a conflict with Muravitsky's lawyer Andrey Gozhiy, followed by a conflict with journalist Andrey Loktionov. The brawl led to summoning of police and ambulance. The medics suspect that the lawyer received a brain concussion.

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