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U.S. Embassy hopes for quick prosecution of Handziuk murder contractors

The diplomatic department stressed that they continue to closely monitor the trial
13:09, 8 June 2019
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The US Embassy hopes for the quick prosecution of customers for the murder of a public activist and advisor to the mayor of Kherson, Kateryna Handziuk. It is reported by the press service of the Embassy on Twitter.

"Kateryna Handziuk and her family and friends deserve justice. We continue to closely monitor related legal proceedings, and we hope all those responsible for ordering Kateryna Handziuk’s murder will be quickly brought to justice," the message said.



Earlier
Pokrovsky district court in Dnipropetrovsk region has approved the agreements with the investigation team. The agreements concern the case of the murder of Kateryna Handziuk, the Ukrainian public activist and counselor of Kherson city council. 

Related: Handziuk case: All five accused plead guilty

Serhiy Torbyn, Mykyta Hrabchuk, Viktor Horbunov, Vyacheslav Vyshnevsky and Volodymyr Vasyanovych got their sentences, Hromadske reports. All were sentenced under the three articles of Criminal Code, namely 'deliberate grave bodily injury, planned and caused by the group of persons'. 

Viktor Horbunov got the least, three years behind the bars; Serhiy Torbyn was sentenced to six years.

However, the convicts had the terms they already spent in detention included in the overall prison terms.

The convicts can file an appeal on the decision within the 30-days-long period.

On November 4, 2018, it became known that Kateryna Handziuk died at the age of 34. She was doused with sulphuric acid in July this year. According to preliminary information, her death was caused by blood clot's detachment. 

Besides, the doctors specified the cause of death; it was due to multiple organ failure and chemical burns.

Related: Trial over five accused in Handziuk’s case starts in Dnipro region

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