The appeal process against Ukrainian soldier Vitaliy Markiv, who is currently imprisoned in Italy and suspected of the involvement in the murder of Italian photo correspondent Andrea Rocchelli, will begin on September 29. The next court session is scheduled for October 1. This was reported by the press service of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry and Radio Svoboda.
It is noted that consideration of the appeal was expected to take place this spring, but it was postponed until the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic. The second-instance court hearing will take place in the Milan Court of Appeal. The defense advocated an open hearing with the presence of the defendant in the courtroom.
As we reported earlier, 31-year-old Andrea Rocchelli was a freelance photojournalist who had come to Donbas to cover the military conflict, together with his interpreter, Russian human rights activist Andrei Mironov. They died near Sloviansk on 24 May 2014, after the taxi they were driving in came under mortar fire.
According to the prosecution, Markiv was a unit commander, and he knew that there were reporters and pointed on them.
Markiv was found guilty and was sentenced for 24 years.