A court hearing on the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet in the summer of 2016 in the center of Kyiv has been adjourned until January 19.
Sheremet died in the center of Kiev on the morning of July 20, 2016 photo UNIAN
The Shevchenkivskyi District Court of Kyiv added 11 more volumes to the case of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet.
According to an UNIAN correspondent, during the meeting the prosecutor requested the inclusion of the second part of the materials of the criminal proceedings in 11 volumes.
The defense stated that some of these volumes were opened to them for review at inappropriate times.
In particular, lawyer Stanislav Kulyk said that these materials contained important information about the violation of the right to defense of the accused. According to him, the lawyers do not object to the attachment of these documents, but will later propose to declare them inadmissible.
The court decided to attach the relevant materials of the proceedings and adjourned the hearing due to the fact that the victim’s representative Oksana Melnyk had only joined the case and needed time to get acquainted with the materials of the proceedings.
At the next court hearing at 14:00 on January 19, the court will proceed to the study of the attached materials.
Sheremet’s murder: details
Sheremet died in the center of Kyiv on the morning of July 20, 2016 as a result of a car explosion.
On December 12, 2019, the National Police stated that musician, anti-terrorist operation veteran Andriy Antonenko, pediatric cardiac surgeon Yulia Kuzmenko (pseudonym “Lisa”), and military nurse Yana Duhar were suspected of involvement in the murder.
The investigation believed that Antonenko was the organizer of the murder, Kuzmenko planted an explosive under the journalist’s car, and Dugar allegedly photographed surveillance cameras at the crime scene on the eve of the murder.
On May 21, Antonenko, Kuzmenko, and Dugar added two more suspicions and changed the content of the previous one. Now they are accused of committing a crime, as well as destroying the car in which Sheremet was and storing explosives.
The case against Antonenko, Kuzmenko and Dugar is being considered by a jury.
On January 4, Belarusian activists released audio recordings of alleged preparations for the assassination of Sheremet by officers of the Belarusian State Security Committee. They claim that the audio recording was made on April 11, 2012, allegedly in the office of the then head of the KGB of Belarus Vadym Zaitsev.
The National Police of Ukraine stated that they had received documents and audio recordings of possible perpetrators of the journalist’s murder.
Former Belarusian special forces officer Ihor Makar, who distributed the audio recording, said he was ready to testify in the case of Sheremet’s murder at the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.
Lawyers for Antonenko and Kuzmenko did not rule out that the investigation may attribute to their clients cooperation with the KGB of Belarus.
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