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Police reclassify case of Ukraine's activist Kateryna Handziuk as completed murder

Law enforcers continue to conduct high-priority investigative actions after the death of the public activist
16:41, 4 November 2018

Kateryna Handziuk

Police reclassified the assault on the public activist Kateryna Handziuk, who also was an adviser to the mayor of Kherson, as a completed murder. This is reported by the press service of the National Police.

"Today, November 4, investigators have changed the qualification of the attack on a Kherson city council official, qualifying it as a completed crime," the statement said.

At the same time, it is specified that the crime against Handziuk is being investigated under paragraphs 4, 6, 11 and 12, Part 2, Art. 115 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (ordered murder committed by a group of persons, for mercenary reasons, with particular cruelty).

Earlier it was reported that the police conducted an inspection of the body and the investigation into the death of Kateryna Handziuk. After the examination regarding the causes of death, they promised to give legal qualification.

Kateryna Handziuk, Adviser of Kherson's Mayor, known as a public activist died aged 34, according to the Facebook page dedicated to her.  

‘Katya died. The details will be given later. Please, do not disturb her relatives. Friends will give more information within a day,' reads the message. 

Lawyer Masi Nayyem and entrepreneur Vladyslav Hrezeiev have also confirmed the information.  

‘Katya Handziuk died. Having had numerous operations after acid burns, thrombus detached. One hour ago,’ the entrepreneur claimed. 

As it was reported earlier, four suspects in the attempted murder of Adviser of Kherson Mayor Kateryna Handziuk pleaded guilty.  

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko confirmed the death of Acting Head of the Executive Committee of Kherson City Council, Adviser of Kherson’s Mayor, and public activist Kateryna Handziuk and required of the law enforcement bodies to punish her murderers. He claimed this at the opening ceremony of Ukrainian community Ukrainian family in Antalya. 

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