Ukrainian activist Handziuk murder: Security Service announced new assassin's paymasters

Security Service reported possible involvement of police in facilitating the departure of the organizer
18:44, 3 November 2019
Kateryna Handziuk
Kherson city hall
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) announced the possible involvement of police in departure of Olexiy Levin - organizer of attack on Ukrainian activist Kateryna Handziuk. This was stated by head of SBU Main Investigation Department Bogdan Tivodar, RBC-Ukraine reported.

According to him, in addition to the head of the Kherson regional council, Vladyslav Manger, there were other customers of the crime.

Reportedly, Security Service officers are investigating five criminal proceedings regarding the killing of an activist. One direction concerns persons who may be customers, organizers or accomplices of a crime. It also examines the circumstances that preceded the attack on Handzyuk - crimes related to arson of a forest, the theft of budget funds and other offenses, which could become the motive for the attack.

It is noted that the prosecutor's office submitted materials to the SBU to investigate the criminal proceedings on the fact of official negligence of police officers who investigated the case at the initial stage. It is information that the police facilitated the departure of the suspect Levin abroad.

The suspect in organizing the murder of Ukrainian public activist Kateryna Handziuk, crime lord Olexiy Levin (“Moskal”) was detained in Europe last week. He was questioned on a polygraph and then released. Ukraine’s Security Service could file a request for his extradition to Ukraine, but it did not, as Andriy Murashkin, the lawyer of suspect Manger, reported on Facebook.

“After detention, Olexiy Levin claimed political persecution in Ukraine and asked to provide him with refugee status. Levin was questioned, and according to the regulations of the country where he was detained, he was sent to undertake polygraph. Polygraph confirmed that all that Levin said was true, he has nothing to do with attack at Kateryna,” Murashkin noted.

According to him, European law enforcers allowed SBU to talk with Levin and offered to file a request for his extradition. Yet, having talked to Levin SBU informed that it would not submit documents for his extradition without explanations. As a result, Olexiy was released.

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. 

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