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Court arrested one of suspects in attack on Bukvy photojournalist

18.08.2021, 17:26
Oleksander Kuzhelny. Photo credit: The Institute of Mass Information
Oleksander Kuzhelny. Photo credit: The Institute of Mass Information

Mykyta Hubsky, one of the suspected of attack on Bukvy's photojournalist Oleksander Kuzhelny, was placed under arrest for 60 days by Kyiv's Pechersk District Court, as Ukrayinska Pravda reported.

The trial of the other suspect is still ongoing. As to him, the prosecutor's office requested a 24-hour house arrest.


Photo credit: Suspilne

According to Suspilne, Mykyta Gubsky's lawyer Edward Verbinets asked to assign a precautionary measure for him in the form of a personal recognizance.

Edward Verbinets noted that "the guy had a spike in testosterone, and so he acted like that…". The suspect claimed he had nothing to do with the National Corps. He told the court that he was a supporter of the Karpaty football club: "I apologized because I realized that I had committed a crime for which I am ready to be brought to justice," the suspect said.

The hearing to assign a measure of restraint for the second eventual assailant, Anton Holoshchapov, born in 2004, will be held behind closed doors. This decision was made by the court after considering the request of the defense. However, the judge assured that the press could attend the sitting when they would announce its decision.

A legal representative of the children's service is present at the meeting together with the suspect. Holoshchapov is a native of Lviv, and he came to Kyiv to inscribe himself to a university.

Photo credit: Suspilne

Photo credit: Suspilne

As IMI reported, on Saturday, August 14, in the center of Kyiv  some unknown persons severely beat Oleksander Kuzhelny, a photo correspondent for the Bukvy newspaper, as Bukvy reported, as well as this was confirmed by his colleagues. This happened after a protest outside the President's Office, which Oleksander Kuzhelny was covering. 

Kyiv police investigators served the suspicion notes to two people who beat Oleksander Kuzhelny, a photojournalist for the Bukvy edition, after a rally in downtown Kyiv on August 14. This was reported by the police press service. Proceedings were opened for threat or violence against a journalist (Part 2 of Art. 345-1 of the Criminal Code),

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