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Trial in the Pavlo Sheremet case to start over

28.09.2023, 15:25

The trial on the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet will start over, because the composition of the court is about to change.

This was announced by Yulia Kuzmenko, a person involved in the case.

The news that the trial was to start over came in June. Two out of three jurors can not participate in the trial. One of them has been drafted into the National Guard, the other left the country. They were relieved from their duties in September 2022.

The new composition of the jury was selected on June 2, 2023. It included one juror from the previous composition and one who used to be a substitute juror for the case.

As IMI reported, Pavlo Sheremet died in a car explosion in Kyiv on July 20, 2016. On December 12, 2019, the Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov announced that the National Police had detained and reasonably notified of suspicion those involved in the murder of Pavlo Sheremet. Currently, among the suspects are Sergeant of the Special Operations Forces Andriy Antonenko (Riffmaster), military medic Yana Duhar, and volunteer Yulia Kuzmenko. In January 2022, the court left Antonenko and Kuzmenko under night house arrest, and Duhar was released on bail of UAH 168,160. They claim no involvement in the murder and consider the prosecution to be politically motivated.

Since the start of the full-scale Russian invasion the penalties for all convicts have expired, as no court hearings were being held.

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