Handziuk’s murder: Bulgarian prosecutor’s office explains no detention of Levin upon entry to state

Source : 112 Ukraine

Interpol's Red Notice was issued after the moment Levin crossed the Bulgarian border
13:46, 29 January 2020


The Prosecutor’s Office of Bulgaria explained why Oleksiy Levin, the suspect of the organization of the murder of Ukrainian activist Kateryna Handziuk, was not detained by the law enforcers during the entrance to the country. The Bulgarian Prosecutor’s Office provided the report on the process of detention of Levin, as BTA reported.

“The Ukrainian citizen ( Levin, - was not detained upon his entry in Bulgaria through the Durankulak border checkpoint, because Interpol's Red Notice was issued at a later date,” the Bulgarian prosecutors stated.

Levin was arrested following the assistance of the Ukrainian services and undercover observations of the Bulgarian police. He changed his appearance and walk not to be caught.

Related: Ukraine’s parliament creates temporary investigation commission of attacks on Handziuk, other public activists

Before the arrest, the Ukrainian delegation headed by deputy prosecutor general of Ukraine came to Bulgaria and held the meeting with Chief Prosecutor of Bulgaria Ivan Geshev. The Bulgarian prosecutor invited his Ukrainian college to the meeting aiming for the improvement of the cooperation between the prosecutor’s offices of both countries.

Levin is on the red list of the Interpol on the accusation of the attack with the acid, which led to the death of Kateryna Handziuk. He is banned from leaving Bulgaria. The authorities of Bulgaria have started the procedure of his extradition.

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. 

Related: Bulgaria’s Court arrested suspect in involvement in attack on Handziuk

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 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.

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