Court resumed considering case of Sheremet murder
On January 12, the hearing in the case of the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet has been resumed in the Shevchenkivskyi District Court in Kyiv. The judge was considering some supplementary case files submitted by the prosecution, as Ukrinform reported.
The presiding judge Maryna Antonyuk said that some extra files were appended to the case at the previous court hearing and some new facts not known before had been revealed.
“I have to inform you that, in accordance with the decision on the pre-trial investigation by the investigative team of July 22, 2016 in the criminal proceedings from which our proceedings were separated, it appeared that the group of investigators in this criminal proceedings included police the captain Nizhankivska. At that time, she held the position of senior investigator Shevchenkivsky (police department. - Ed. ) in Kyiv. This person is my husband's niece. I personally do not maintain family relations with this person, we do not live together, we do not maintain friendly relations, ”Antonyuk said.
The judge said that Nizhankivska was not her close relative or family member and that this was not a ground for her to recuse that person in compliance with the provisions of Article 75 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. - Ed. ).
"But I am informing the participants of the process about it, because you have the right to decide by yourself whether you trust me in this regard as a judge, and, so, you have the right to request me to be recused on these grounds," Antonyuk said.
For their part, neither prosecutors, nor lawyers, nor defendants challenged this judge.
The court has now to deliberate as to recusation of one of the aggrieved persons' representatives, Andriy Mamaliga.
It will be recalled that on December 17, 2020, the Shevchenkivskyi District Court of Kyiv denied the request of Andriy Antonenko's defense to change his measure of restraint due to deteriorating health and suspicion of COVID-19.
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.