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Markiv Case in Italy: Court appoints dates of five hearings

The serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine is charged with the murder of Italian reporter in Donbas combat area in 2014
13:54, 3 September 2018

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The Italian court that looks into the case of Vitaliy Markiv, the serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, appointed the dates of five court hearings. Yevhen Perelyhin, the Ukrainian ambassador in Italy said that in his interview with Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

'The first one is slated for September 14, the next one for September 28, another one in October, and two more in November', Perelyhin said.

According to him, a consul regularly visits the convicted Ukrainian citizen, and the serviceman hopes for a just trial.

'I can say he is holding on just fine. He believes it all should be settled by rights', the diplomat said.

Perelyhin also added that the Italian law enforcers have no intentions to create the joint investigation group, as there's no necessity in it. On the other hand, according to him, the Italian officials have never been on the assumed 'crime scene'.

As it was reported earlier, Vitaly Markiv was detained in summer 2017 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.

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