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Markiv said his acquittal appealed against in Italy

31.03.2021, 15:28
Photo credit: The Ministry of the Interior
Photo credit: The Ministry of the Interior

A cassation appeal has been filed in Italy against the court's decision acquitting Vitaliy Markiv, a National Guard, who had been charged with the death of an Italian photographer in Donbas. Vitaliy Markiv said it at the presentation of the research study "Battle of discourses: Kremlin’s misinformation on the case of Vitaly Markiv in Italy," as Ukrinform reported.

"The effect of this case is still being felt and will be felt until they won’t close the final chapter on the case. In general, such things did not fit in my head, that this is really happening to me. So, no doubt, it left its mark. I know that the prosecution has already appealed to the Court of Cassation, so this story is not over yet, "Markiv said.

As IMI reported, on November 3, 2020, the Milan Court of Appeals acquitted the National Guard Vitaly Markiv, sentenced to 24 years in prison on charges of involvement in the death of Italian journalist Andrea Rockelli of Russian translator Andrei Mironov in Donbass in 2014. 

On July 12, 2019, a court in the Italian city of Pavia sentenced Markiv to 24 years in prison.

On July 12, 2019, a court in the Italian city of Pavia  sentenced  Vitaliy Markiv, a soldier of the National Guard of Ukraine, to 24 years in prison on charges of involvement in the violent death of Italian journalist Andrea Rockelli in Donbas in 2014.

Vitaliy Markiv, a Ukrainian and Italian citizen, was  arrested  on June 30, 2017 at Bologna Airport. He is accused of involvement in the deaths of Italian photojournalist Andrea Rockelli and Russian translator Andrei Mironov in a shooting near Slovyansk on May 24, 2014.

The military denies all allegations. His lawyer Rafaelle Della Valle considers the accusations against Vitaly Markiv baseless and the investigation biased. Ukraine also denies the National Guard soldier to be involved in the death of an Italian reporter.

The prosecution - the parents of the the victim, Italian journalists' organizations - insisted on the version of the premeditated murder of a photojournalist during the war in Donbass.

On September 24, 2019, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky  proposed to the  Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte to form the joint investigation team to investigate the circumstances of the death of Italian journalist Andrea Rockelli. He noted that he expected a comprehensive and objective consideration of the case of Vitaliy Markiv, convicted in Italy.

On October 11, 2019, the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced that it  would help appeal the decision  in the Court of Appeal in the case of National Guard Vitaliy Markiv, who was sentenced in Italy to 24 years in prison.

On December 11, 2020, the Basmanny court of Moscow (Russia) authorized the arrest in absentia of Vitaliy Markiv in the murder case, for which he has been acquitted in Italy.

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