Lawyers of Oleksiy Levin, the suspect in the organization of the murder of Kherson activist Kateryna Handziuk, prepare the appeal against the decision of Bulgaria’s court on his extradition to Ukraine, as Hromadske reports, citing Levin’s lawyer Mykhailo Velychko.
“This week, he will not be extradited because the client made a decision personally and ordered the lawyer, who presents his interests in Bulgaria, to file the appeal. Technically, any moment, we may withdraw this appeal but it is not the issue,” Velychko reported.
The decision to appeal the extradition was made on February 24. Moreover, Levin’s lawyer confirmed the information about the attempt of the defenders of suspect Vladyslav Manger to visit his client in Bulgaria. According to Velychko, Manger’s lawyers Dmytro Ilchenko and Andriy Murashkin also legalized their authorities through the Justice Ministry of Bulgaria but did not succeed to meet Levin.
Lawyers Ilchenko and Murashkin deny this information.
Levin was detained in Europe in August 2019, questioned on the polygraph and released. The Security Service of Ukraine could file the request on his extradition but did not do it.
On February 21, the court of Bulgaria allowed the extradition of Oleksiy Levin to Ukraine.
On January 24, the law enforcers detained Oleksiy Levin in Bulgaria. Levin was arrested in absentia. The investigators consider him to be the organizer of the crime.
On November 4, 2018, it became known that Kateryna Handziuk died at the age of 34. She was doused with sulphuric acid in July this year. According to preliminary information, her death was caused by blood clot's detachment.
Besides, the doctors specified the cause of death; it was due to multiple organ failure and chemical burns.