Bulgarian court allows extradition of Levin to Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The man was suspected of the murder of Kateryna Handziuk
19:07, 22 February 2020


A court in the Bulgarian city of Burgas allowed the extradition to Ukraine of Oleksiy Levin (Moskalenko), who was suspected of the murder of Kateryna Handziuk. It is reported by Ukrayinska Pravda with reference to sources in the Prosecutor General's Office.

It is noted that during the hearing Levin and his Bulgarian lawyer did everything possible to postpone extradition. Among the arguments put forward were poor conditions of detention in Ukraine.

Levin himself insisted that he did not want to return to his homeland. He said that if he was extradited to Ukraine, he would be sent to a secret prison, where force methods would be applied to him.

Levin expressed complete willingness to help Ukrainian investigators from Bulgaria. He even said that he agreed to go through a lie detector.

In turn, the prosecutor in the case, Georgy Chinev, stated that there was no reason to delay the extradition.

Judge Katya Georgieva dismissed the defense as unfounded.

Sources in the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine confirmed the decision of the Burgas court to extradite, at the same time emphasizing that it had not entered into legal force, since it can be appealed within 7 days.

Related: Zelensky hopes for early resolution of Levin’s extradition from Bulgaria

Levin was detained in Europe in August 2019, questioned on the polygraph and released. The Security Service of Ukraine could file the request on his extradition but did not do it.

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: Handziuk case: Information about suspect Levin extradition from Bulgaria is classified

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