Suspicion for the suspected executors in the case of the murder of Kateryna Handziuk, Ukrainian activist, was changed, as Andriy Lysenko, the Press Secretary of Prosecutor General Office, said, Pravda reported.
“They have pleaded guilty in the commission of the crimes they are suspected of, they have provided true, consistent, and full testimony about the events including incriminating testimony concerning their participation in the crimes and about other individuals involved in it,” he said.
As Lysenko explained, after sufficient evidence was determined, suspicion was changed to the commission of an offense by a group of persons by prior conspiracy and intentional grave willful injury aimed at intimidation of the victim which leads to death.
The articles on these crimes provide up to ten years of imprisonment.
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.
28 January, Kateryna's father Viktor Handziuk issued a statement in which he said that he suspected three people of having organized his daughter’s killing. He identified both the three high-ranking officials and the parties they were affiliated with, these being Manger, from Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna, the Head of the Kherson Regional Administration Andriy Hordeyev and his Deputy, Yevhen Ryshchuk, both of whom are from the Bloc of (President and presidential candidate) Petro Poroshenko.
Prosecutor General stated there was no evidence of Hordeyev’s involvement in Handziuk’s murder. He did, however, say that Ryshchuk was being checked for any involvement in the murder, while also asserting that there was no proof of his “being aware of the plan of Manger and the other’s involved in Handziuk’s killing.” He added that there was evidence “suggesting probable corrupt activities linked with the burning of the forest by the Deputy Head of the Kherson Regional State Administration.”