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Ukraine appeals decision in Markiv case, Lombardy court to consider it in 2020

Ukraine believes that consideration of the civil claim against it in the national court of the Italian Republic violates the principles of international law
12:49, 22 November 2019

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On November 20, 2019, Ukraine filed an appeal against the decision of the Pavia city court of July 12, 2019, to recognize Guardsman Vitaliy Markiv, guilty of killing Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli and imprison him for 24 years. This was reported by the press service of the Office of the President of Ukraine on its Facebook page.

“Ukraine is deeply disappointed with the verdict of the Pavia city court, which is striking with the injustice and violation of the fundamental principles of law, under which Vitaliy Markiv was sentenced. In addition, Ukraine believes that the consideration of the civil claim against it in the national court of the Italian Republic violates the principles of international law, in particular, the judicial immunity of the state, based on the sovereignty and equality of states," Office of the President stated.

Related: Italy sentenced Ukrainian soldier to 24 years in custody: Who is Vitaliy Markiv

An appeal is expected to be considered by the Lombardy Court of Appeal in the spring of 2020.

As we reported earlier, Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov and Italy’s Ambassador to Ukraine Davide La Cecilia negotiated at the investment forum in Mariupol. They discussed the case of Vitaliy Markiv, the convicted in Italy fighter of the National Guard of Ukraine as Avakov stated.

Ukrainian minister noted that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) held the investigation in the case of the death of Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli.

Related: Ukraine's Interior Ministry hoists 'Free Markiv' banner on its main building

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