The defence of Vladyslav Manger suspected of Kateryna Handziuk murder filed an appeal against the verdict of Pokrovsky District Court of Dnipropetrovsk region, as Manger’s lawyer Dmytro Ilchenko reported on his Facebook page.
“We have filed an appeal against the verdict of Pokrovsky District Court of Dnipropetrovsk region on the case of the attack against Kateryna Handziuk. The main reason for that is that there are conditions taken from the inquiry of Manger are mentioned in the text of the sentence,” Ilchenko said.
As the lawyer noted, the Court has no right to define anything about the people who did not participate in the process. Despite the fact that Manger was replaced with “Person-1” and Levin – “Person-2” in the sentence, all the conditions were described in a way that they suit Manger and Levin. For instance, it was noted that Person-2 is Stavitsky’s assistant, Person-1 is a politician and a head on a regional level.
Ilchenko noted that the defence tried to join the process to dispute such statements of the prosecution, but the court refused.
“Why is it bad for society? The real perpetrator might not be punished because of this sentence. Because now if the person who ordered the murder, he might refer to the verdict and say “look, the court has defined that the contractor is a head on the regional level, and the second contractor is Stavytsky’s assistant. It’s not me”. On the other hand, SBU will start waving this verdict as some flag and scream that they have compelling evidence against Manger and Levin,” the lawyer said.
As it was reported, Viktor Handziuk claimed the necessity to carry out a closed meeting with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss the investigation of his daughter’s murder.
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.