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Markiv to seize ECHR

05.11.2020, 13:50
Photo credit: The Ministry of the Interior
Photo credit: The Ministry of the Interior

The National Guard Vitaliy Markiv is going to apply to the European Court of Human Rights for his three-year detention in Italy. The Ukraine ombudsperson Lyudmila Denisova told it interviewed by Novoe Vremya radio.

As Lyudmyla Denysova told, the application could be lodged not earlier than 90 days after the publication of the decision of the Court of Appeal and if there was no cassation appeal.

"There are all the circumstances to seize the European Court of Human Rights, because there is a violation of an article of the European Convention on Human Rights," Lyudmyla Denisova added.

On November 4, Vitaliy Markiv, who was acquitted by an appellate court in Italy, returned to Ukraine.

On November 3, the Milan Court of Appeals acquitted Vitaliy Markiv, who was sentenced to 24 years in prison on charges of complicity in the 2014 premeditated murder of Italian journalist Andrea Rockelli in Donbas. 

On October 15, the Milan Court of Appeals accepted a new translation of the words of National Guard Vitaliy Markiv about the death of Italian reporter Andrea Rockelli. It is about the phrase " killed a journalist", which they recorded while eaversdroping of Markiv in a pre-trial detention center and tried to interpret as "I killed".

According to a new translation of Vitaly Markiv's conversation with a cellmate in July 2017, he did not say: "We killed the reporter", but said: "In 2014, an Italian reporter was killed, and now they want to put the blame on me."

On October 1, the Milan Court of Appeals ordered additional examinations in the case of Ukrainian National Guard Vitaliy Markiv. 

On September 29, an appeal in his case began in Milan.

On June 5, 2020, during a report to the Verkhovna Rada, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that an investigative experiment conducted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in the case of Vitaliy Markiv proved his innocence. 

In May 2020, in Slovyansk (Donetsk region), a group of experts conducted an investigative experiment in the criminal proceedings of the National Police about the circumstances of the deaths of Italian photojournalist Andrea Rockelli and Russian translator Andrei Mironov. Preliminary findings indicated that the shots had been fired from a place controlled by the militia.

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

Vitaliy Markiv, a citizen of Ukraine and Italy, was arrested on June 30, 2017 at Bologna Airport. He had been accused of complicity in murder of Italian photojournalist Andrea Rockelli and Russian translator Andrei Mironov in a shooting near Slovyansk on May 24, 2014.

The military denied the allegations. His lawyer Rafaelle Della Valle considered the accusations against Vitaly Markiv baseless and the biased. Ukraine also denied complicity of a National Guard soldier in the violent death of an Italian reporter.

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

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