Police detain suspect in arson of Radio Liberty journalist’s car

Source : 112 Ukraine

A man changed his clothes for a few times to disguise and escape
13:10, 6 February 2020

Prosecutor's Office in Lviv regions

The law enforcers detained a man suspected in the arson of a car of Radio Liberty journalist as Lviv region prosecutor’s office reported.

A 19-year-old perpetrator detained in Odesa. He is a native of Khmelnytsk region. After the commitment of a crime, a man changed his clothes for a few times to disguise and escape.

Law enforcers continue the investigation and establish the involvement of other persons in the crime. The prosecutors questioned the main witnesses and expect the transfer of the suspect to the prosecutor’s office for interrogation.

The perpetrator face 3-10 years of imprisonment.

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Around midnight on January 30, an unknown man set fire to the car of Radio Liberty journalist Halyna Tereshchuk.

As it was reported earlier, 49 journalists were killed in 2019, 389 are in prison and 57 are being held hostage, according to the annual worldwide round-up of deadly violence and abusive treatment against journalists, released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

 Among others, the report mentions Ukrainian journalist Vadym Komarov. "a Ukrainian journalist who was well known for investigating corruption in the city of Cherkasy and who had been the target of several murder attempts in recent years, died in June from the severe head injuries he had sustained in a violent assault in May. His murder remains unpunished," the report said.

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