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USA not to deport suspect of abduction and murder of journalist Serhyenko

20.10.2020, 16:12
Photo credit: sudreporter.org
Photo credit: sudreporter.org

The US Federal Court has decided to exempt Ukrainian Andriy Inosov, suspected of abduction and murder of the journalist Vasyl Serhiyenko, from deportation, as Human Rights Center ZMINA reported.

In the space of three years, police detained five people on suspicion of murder of Vasyl Serhiyenko: Volodymyr Horbenko, Valentyn Zavrazhyn, Roman Nedybalyuk, Volodymyr Voronkov and Vadym Melnyk, who has been released from custody since. But investigation was unable to press suspicion to Andriy Inosov, as their whereabouts had not been established at that time. It turned out that in early 2015, the young man crossed the Ukrainian border by Odessa-Chisinau train, and then ended up in the United States.

Actually, Inosov is quite legally sojourning in USA, and in 2018 Ukraine police could press suspicion to him, among other, for abduction, forming of a criminal organization. The man was also questioned as a suspect. Ukrainian law enforcement officials asked their US colleagues to extradite Inosov, who was placed on the Interpol wanted list. But the US Immigration Court dropped the case against him, and the country's federal court exempted him from deportation and declared all appeals over that issue inadmissible.

Through his lawyers, Inosov announced that he had married in the United States and did not intend to return to Ukraine. 

As IMI reported, on April 4, 2014, the journalist and public activist Vasyl Serhyienko was abducted at the courtyard of his own home in the city of Korsun-Shevchenkivskyi in Cherkasy region. A few days later, his body with several signs of tortures was found in the forest in Korsun-Shevchenkivskyi district.

On July 11, 2015, prosecutors of the Cherkasy region, together with the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the region, detained a resident of Kyiv on suspicion of committing murder of Vasyl Serhyenko.

On October 15, 2015, the Cherkasy police reported that Vasyl Serhyenko had been abducted, tortured and killed by Kiev killers.

On January 4, 2016, the prosecutor's office of Cherkassy regiont, following the results of the pre-trial investigation, charged four residents of Kyiv with abduction and murder of Vasyl Serhjynko. The suspected criminals were Maxim Rusin, Volodymyr Voronkov, Viktor Horbenko, Valentina Zavrazhina, Roman Nedybalyuk, and Vadym Melnyk. None of them pled guilty.

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