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All prosecutors in Sheremet's case replaced

25.05.2020, 14:06
Photo credit: Reuters
Photo credit: Reuters

The Deputy Prosecutor General has changed the entire group of prosecutors within the case of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet, as Yulia Kuzmenko's lawyer Taras Bezpaly said interviewed by Hromadske radio.

It happened on 20 May, day when the president Volodymyr Zelensky gave press conference.

According to the lawyer, the prosecutors rewrote the suspicion, since the evidences of the initial version were insufficient.

"On the day of Zelensky's press conference, the deputy prosecutor general changed the entire group of prosecutors. The next day, the group decided to amend the suspicion and a day later they decided to complete the pre-trial investigation. Nothing else but farce, what how I can call all this," Bezpaly said.

As IMI reported, on May 21, the charges pressed against suspected murderers of Pavel Sheremet have been amended. "They've removed 'ultranationalist ideas', 'greatness of the Aryan race', and other trash like that. Now it's 'unidentified persons, driven by personal motives, decided to create an extremely reverberating event aiming at further provoking massive protest', as the lawyer Leonid Maslov, whose firm Smysl Consulting represents one of the defendants, said.

On May 22, police  completed an investigation into three suspects in murder of Sheremet.

Pavel Sheremet died in Kyiv on July 20, 2016 in a car blast.

On December 12, 2019, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that the National Police had detained and pressed suspicion to those involved in the murder of Pavel Sheremet.

On December 12, Deputy Head of the National Police - Chief of Criminal Police Yevgeny Koval reported that the explosive under the car of journalist Pavel Sheremet was put by the ATO musician and volunteer Andriy Antonenko and doctor and volunteer Yulia Kuzmenko.

The same day, Yevhen Koval said that the investigation considered the main version of the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet was to destabilize the social and political situation in Ukraine.

On 12 December, the editorial staff of “Ukrayinska Pravda” (UP) claimed to be stupefied by the investigative lead into the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet, as “UP” web-based edition reported on its website.

“We welcome the fact that the investigation is underway and the case has not been forgotten. We have to say it frankly, the lead of investigation stupefied us. Actually, we took the information they set out with reserve, ” the UP’s message reads.

On July 23, 2019, Head of the National Police Serhiy Knyazev told that the murder of Pavel Sheremet still remained unsolved.

On July 23, 2019, the head of the National Police, Serhiy Knyazev, reported to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky some classified information about the progress of the investigation into the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet.

On July 23, 2019, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky told that those responsible for the murder of Pavel Sheremet would be found.

In November 2019, Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka told that the detention of the spouses of ATO veterans Vladyslav and Inna Gryschenko was not related to the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet. But, their involvement in the murder of the journalist was to be verified, the same as involvement of other persons.

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