Police interviewed beaten cameraman Makaryuk and qualified him as victim
Photo credits: 057.ua The investigators could question the cameraman of the Kharkiv newsdesk Vadym Makaryuk, who was brutally beaten in the evening of June 7 at Barabashovo marketplace, and declared him victim, as Interfax-Ukraine reported, with reference to the communications department of the Main directorate of the National Police in Kharkiv region. "Yesterday (July 18 - ed.), he was questioned and recognized as victim. He is currently undergoing treatment at a sanatorium, "the police said. The investigators could not question Makaruk for more than a month, as doctors forbade to speak to him because of the serious condition. For this reason, Makaryuk had not the victim status. IMI informed, Vadym Makaryuk, 36, cameraman for the 24th Channel in Kharkiv, who was beaten while filming the story on Barabashov marketplace on June 7th, got a cerebral hemorrhage. His condition being grave, he remains in intensive care department in the municipal emergency aid hospital named of Meshchaninov. Investigators opened criminal proceedings under part 2 of article.345-1 ("Threat or violence against the journalist"), Part 1. st.171 ("Obstruction to the lawful professional activities of the journalist") and Part 2 of Article 187 ("Robbery") of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The maximum penalty for the sanctions of the articles is up to 10 years' imprisonment. On June 10, Deputy Chief of the Regional Police Department Serhiy Chyzh said that the police still did not recognize Vadym Makaryuk victim, because he could not been questioned. On June 12, the police pressed charged to one of those involved in the attack on Makaryuk Serhiy Kozlyuk on part 3 of st.171 (obstruction to the legitimate professional activities of journalists), Part 4 of Art. 296 (hooliganism), Part 1 of Art. 345-1 (threat or violence against the journalist) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, and questioned him. On June 21, the police pressed charges of involvement in the assault on Makaryak by two other Kharkiv residents: Oleg Radchenko and Ilya Aleshkin. The court sent three attackers under house arrest. On July 17, the Kyiv district court of Kharkiv placed under home arrest the fourth suspect assaulter, Mikhail Basaley, until August 11.
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