Police interview over 1,800 people in Sheremet’s murder case

Source : 112 Ukraine

Interior Ministry asks fellow citizens to report and share any relevant information with the investigation group
16:08, 20 July 2017

The Ukrainian police interviewed more than 1,800 people in the case of the murder of reporter Pavlo Sheremet; as is known, the journalist of Belarusian origin, famous for his criticism against Putin’s regime, was killed in Kyiv exactly one year ago.

According to Artem Shevchenko, the spokesman of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, the main version considered by the police is the murder based on Sheremet’s professional activity.

‘The national police continues to look into this case; the investigators interviewed over 1,800 people, gained access to over 150 TB of footage from video surveillance cameras. The Ministry kindly asks fellow citizens to report and share any relevant information with the investigation group,’ he said.

Pavlo Sheremet, the Ukrainian, Russian and Belarusian journalist was killed on July 20, 2016 in Ukrainian capital Kyiv; a bomb exploded in his car as he was driving to work in the morning.

A surveillance camera video, released by the Interior Ministry soon after the assassination shows a man and a woman near Sheremet’s house on the day before the murder. The woman seemed to be hiding an explosive device under the driver’s car seat. The couple disappeared immediately after that.

Pavlo Sheremet was Ukrainian and Russian journalist of Belarusian origin. The 44-year-old is widely famous for his criticism of Russian and Belarusian leaders – Putin and Lukashenko, respectively. Sheremet was imprisoned by the government of Belarus in 1997, sparking an international incident between Belarus and Russia. The New York Times has described him as "known for his crusading reports about political abuses in Belarus" and "a thorn in the side of Lukashenko's autocratic government".He was awarded the Committee to Protect Journalists' International Press Freedom Award in 1999 and the OSCE Prize for Journalism and Democracy in 2002.

He was married with two children, a son and a daughter. He also had a son with Canadian photographer Heidi Hollinger.

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