A lawyer of Ukrainian Vitaly Markiv who was accused of complicity in the murder of an Italian photograph in Donbas intends to invite witnesses from Ukraine to the hearing in Italy. This was announced by the lawyer Raffaele Della Valle, as Hromadske reports.
According to him, the witnesses will testify about the events on Karachun Mountain in May 2014. The lawyer also noted that Markiv feels depressed after a year in prison.
"Vitaly was demoralized. He did not even shoot, he did not give orders, he was a simple soldier, and it is not clear why it was Markiv who got arrested out of the 300 soldiers who were on the hill," the defender said.
The lawyer specified that charges against Markiv are based on testimonies of the journalists - French William Roguelon, who was in Donbas with Andrea Rocchelli and was injured that day, as well as Italian journalists, who spoke with Vitaly on the phone.
According to the lawyer that “he told them one thing, and the journalists told something totally different. They asked if they could drive by and he said not to come as it there was shooting everywhere. It is understandable as the war is ongoing. Italian policeman interpreted these words as “I was shooting all unarmed citizens.” And based on this, the criminal case was opened against him, and there is no other evidence. This is just absurd.”
It was noted that the trial on Markiv’s case will take place on July 6 in the Italian city of Assisi.
As it was reported earlier, Vitaly Markiv was detained on Friday, June 30, in the city of Bologna. Suspicion to him was put forward by the Pavia Prosecutor's Office. Currently, the fighter is in prison. Deputy platoon commander Markiv, who served in the operational battalion of Kulchytsky, is suspected of involvement in the deaths of photo reporter Andrea Rocchelli and Russian journalist Andrey Mironov, who were killed in May 2014 near Sloviansk (Donetsk region). French reporter William Roguelon was also wounded that day. In the area of the village Andriivka group of foreign journalists fell under mortar fire.
After it became known about the detention of Markiv, Ukraine’s Prosecution General said that it was truly surprised by the arrest of the soldier. Ukrainian law enforcers are investigating criminal proceedings on the death of foreign journalists, and according to investigators, the deaths of two journalists were the result of shelling by Russian-terrorist forces. The Office also appealed to the Italian authorities to provide evidence of Markiv's guilt or his immediate release.
Markiv came to Italy to visit his mother on vacation and was detained. There are reports that 14 Italian law enforcers took part in his arrest.