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Handziuk case: Suspect in murder organization suspended from duty for month

Vladyslav Manger, the head of Kherson regional council is temporarily removed from his office, until April 6; such is the decision of Shevchenkivsky district court in Kyiv
11:14, 6 March 2019

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Vladyslav Manger, the suspect in the organization of murder of activist Kateryna Hanzdiuk has been suspended from duty for a month. This is due to the decision of Shevchenkivsky district court in Kyiv. Thus, Manger, the head of Kherson regional council is temporarily removed from his office, until April 6.

'Shevchenkivsky district court partially granted the motion of the prosecutors who asked to remove Vladyslav Manger from his office of the head of Kherson regional council. Partially, because he was suspended for a month. The prosecutors already said they were not happy about such decision of the court', 112 Ukraine TV channel's reporter said. 

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In turn, Manger's defense team said they would file an appeal against this decision; but that, according to them, will take at least two weeks.

As we reported earlier, Kateryna Handziuk was known for her activity in fighting corruption in the local government in Kherson. On November 4, it became known that she deceased at age of 34. She was doused with sulphuric acid in July 2018. According to preliminary information, her death was caused by blood clot's detachment, multiple organ failure, and chemical burns.

In February, the investigation into Handziuk's death led to a possible organizer of the murder. The suspect is Vladyslav Manger, the head of Kherson regional council. On February 11, Manger was served with charge papers in Handziuk’s murder. In his turn, Manger said that he would not escape from the country due to suspicion of organizing the murder of Handziuk.

Related: Handziuk case: Ukrainian MP claims eight suspects

The court ruled to arrest Manger until March 3 with the possibility of bail. However, later lawyer Dmitry Ilchenko has posted bail for his client. On February 19, Vladyslav Manger started to wear the digital bracelet. However, in early March, the court let him take it off, which made it possible for Manger to leave Kherson.

Related: Suspect Manger refuses to testify in case of Handziuk

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