Journalist Golunov demands apology from authorities for illegal prosecution
MOSCOW, January 22 (RAPSI) - Journalist Ivan Golunov has filed a complaint to a new Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov asking for official apology from the state for illegal prosecution, according to his attorney Sergey Badamshin.
He also demands to recognize failure of the officials of the Prosecutor General’s Office to issue a formal apology on behalf of the state as illegal, Badamshin told RAPSI on Wednesday.
The lawyer noted that a prosecutor must issue a formal apology in a written form in a month after a case was closed on exonerative grounds. As of today, Golunov received no apologies, he added.
In late December, investigators opened the case over arrest of Golunov. The journalist was recognized as an injured party. There are five defendants in the case; all of them have been dismissed from police.
Golunov was arrested in Moscow on June 6. On June 8, the Nikulinsky District Court of Moscow placed him under house arrest for 2 months. According to the Interior Ministry’s official statement, police seized nearly 4 grams of methylmethedrone from Golunov.
The journalist pleaded not guilty, insisted that the drugs were planted on him during the arrest and claimed that his prosecution is related to his journalistic investigations.
According to his defense, an examination showed no drugs in his biomaterial.
On June 11, charges against Golunov were dropped because of a lack of evidence that he participated in the crime, and the journalist was released.
On June 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed two generals of police on the back of the arrest of Golunov.