On November 13, Kyiv Appeal Court released Borys Herman convicted for attempt of organization of assassination attempt on journalist Arkadiy Babchenko as Ukrayinska Pravda reported citing Mariana Hayovska, the Spokesperson of Kyiv region Prosecutor’s Office.
“The court granted his (Herman’s, - 112.international) appeal. He is released from further serving the sentence due to the health state,” Hayovska said.
Earlier Shevchenkivsky District Court released Taras Stelmashenko, one of the suspects in the case of the assassination attempt on journalist Arkadiy Babchenko.
On May 29 it was reported that Arkadiy Babchenko, a Russian journalist, was murdered in Kyiv. He was allegedly shot in his apartment. Ukraine’s police suggested that the murder of the journalist was connected with his professional activity. There were also reports on Russia’s connection.
Shevchenkivsky district court in Kyiv arrested Borys Herman, the suspect in the organization of the attempt on the life of Arkadiy Babchenko, the Russian opposition reporter who lives in Kyiv.
Herman insisted he never ordered or prepared the murder; according to him, he was involved in the secret operation of Ukraine's special services, which was supposed to reveal the supply channels of Russian saboteurs and influence agents in Ukraine.
Arkadiy Babchenko is the Russian journalist, war-time correspondent and the writer. He served with the Russian regular army, surviving the combat action in both Chechen wars (the 1990s and 2000). Later, he prepared a number of reports during the armed conflict in South Ossetia in 2008. Since 2012, the Russian government has been prosecuting him for critical reports against the incumbent authority.