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Handziuk case: Suspect Levin detained in Europe, questioned and released

According to lawyer Andriy Murashkin, European law enforcers allowed SBU to talk with Levin and offered to file a request for his extradition. Yet, having talked to Levin SBU informed that it would not submit documents for his extradition without explanations. As a result, Olexiy was released
12:06, 16 August 2019

Kateryna Handziuk
Kherson city hall

The suspect in organizing the murder of Ukrainian public activist Kateryna Handziuk, crime lord Olexiy Levin (“Moskal”) was detained in Europe last week. He was questioned on a polygraph and then released. Ukraine’s Security Service could file a request for his extradition to Ukraine, but it did not, as the lawyer of suspect Vladyslav Manger Andriy Murashkin reported on Facebook.

“After detention, Olexiy Levin claimed political persecution in Ukraine and asked to provide him with refugee status. Levin was questioned, and according to the regulations of the country where he was detained, he was sent to undertake polygraph. Polygraph confirmed that all that Levin said was true, he has nothing to do with attack at Kateryna,” Murashkin noted.

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According to him, European law enforcers allowed SBU to talk with Levin and offered to file a request for his extradition. Yet, having talked to Levin SBU informed that it would not submit documents for his extradition without explanations. As a result, Olexiy was released.

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. 

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

All the accused in case of Handziuk murder pleaded guilty. Later Pokrovsky district court in Dnipropetrovsk region has approved the agreements with the investigation team. Serhiy Torbin, Mykyta Hrabchuk, Viktor Horbunov, Vyacheslav Vyshnevsky, and Volodymyr Vasyanovych got their sentences. All were sentenced under the three articles of Criminal Code, namely 'deliberate grave bodily injury, planned and caused by the group of persons'. 

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