Italian court verdict for Markiv will be contested, – Ukraine's Interion Minister Avakov

Source : 112 Ukraine

"Twenty-four years for Vitaliy Markiv is an unfair and shameful decision of the Italian court. It will be appealed," Arsen Avakov
10:43, 13 July 2019

Arsen Avakov, Internal Minister of Ukraine
Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

The decision of the Italian court, which sentenced soldier of the National Guard of Ukraine Vitaliy Markiv to 24 years in prison, will be contested, Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov has said in his Twitter.

"Twenty-four years for Vitaliy Markiv is an unfair and shameful decision of the Italian court. It will be appealed," the Minister said on Twitter.

Avakov said that Markiv and the state of Ukraine are not guilty of the death of journalist Rocchelli, who "was the victim of aggressive Russia that unleashed a war in Sloviansk in Donbas."

"We will fight on!" the minister stressed.

As we reported earlier, Ukrainian serviceman of the National Guard Vitaly Markiv was sentenced to 24 years in jail in Italy on July 12. 

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.

Related: Zelensky charges Foreign Ministry, Prosecutor General's Office to return Vitaliy Markiv from Italian custody

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.

Related: Italy ignores Ukraine's prosecutor's office appeal on cooperation in Markiv case

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