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Authors of psychological examination in Sheremet case brought to justice

01.09.2020, 12:37
ЗPhoto credit: Hromadfske
ЗPhoto credit: Hromadfske

The authors of the portrait-psychological examination in the case of the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet Yuri Irkhin and Andriy Semenets were brought to disciplinary responsibility, as ZMINA human rights center reported citing the lawyer for the suspect Yulia Kuzmenko Taras Bezpaly.

The examination, prepared by employees of the Central Expert Qualification Commission and which was the only evidence of the suspect's involvement in the crime, raised doubts of defense counsels. Late January, the defense lawyers published a refutation of that text. According to independent experts:

- psychological examination of the Ministry of Internal Affairs investigated purely motor characteristics, which in themselves cannot be the subject of psychological examination, because there are no official methods of such research, and real psychological examination of video should examine facial expressions and pantomime, etc., but this was not done;
- in the portrait part of the examination the whole stage of the research methodology is omitted, in particular the image, its quality, appearance and its separate features are not described, the age group and anthropological type are not defined, hairstyles are not described, etc.

“Descriptive and quantitative features of the face and its parts are not specified, their numerical ratios (proportions), the images have nit been reduced to the same scale and compared from different angles, superimposed images of two people actually differ in contours, it is not specified what exactly, what features or measured characteristics the features that are called visually similar coincide, as well as the frequency of appearance signs is not taken into account. The less common the trait in the population, the more significant its presence, the more often - the less significant it is for comparison, "- the defenders said citing the gaps in the examination.

At the same time, after Bezpaly's statement on disciplinary punishment for experts Irkhin and Semenets, the Ministry of Internal Affairs said that the authors of the examination did not go beyond their competence and provided an objective written opinion.

“The CEC did not assess the essence of the expert opinions, but the compliance with the procedures. Based on the results of the evaluation of compliance with the procedures, the commission made some remarks. The issue of appealing the decision of the Central Expert Qualification Commission is to be set upon its receiving, "the agency said.

It is known that the expert Yuri Irkhin prepared an examination of the moral suffering of the former deputy head of the administration of Viktor Yanukovych Andriy Portnov, which he estimated at 1.8 million hryvnias.

As IMI reported, on August 25, the Shevchenkivsky District Court of Kyiv  began a preparatory  hearing in the case of the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet

On August 18, Antonenko and Kuzmenko were handed indictments, and the indictment against Dugar remained with the prosecutor.

As IMI reported, on August 12, the Kyiv Appeal Court remanded custody for Andriy Antonenko, musician and ATO veteran who is suspect of murder of Pavel Sheremet.

On June 1, the National Police investigators opened 38 volumes of files of the pre-trial investigation into the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet to the lawyers of the suspects Yana Dugar, Yulia Kuzmenko and Andriy Antonenko.

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

On May 21, the investigators changed suspicion of the suspects in the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet - Yulia Kuzmenko, Andriy Antonenko and Yana Duhar.

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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