Italy ignores Ukraine's prosecutor's office appeal on cooperation in Markiv case

Source : 112 Ukraine

The prosecutor's office intends to demand the objective truth-telling in Markiv case, defense of his legal rights and interests
13:51, 8 May 2018

The Italian authorities have ignored the appeal of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine on the readiness to cooperate in the investigation of the case against Ukrainian Vitaly Markiv suspected in the murder of the photo correspondent in Sloviansk in 2014. Yevhen Yenin, the Deputy Prosecutor General claimed this as Hromadske reported.

'There are the appeal and the joint letter from the prosecutor general and the chairman of Security Service of Ukraine that is the prosecution body in the investigation of the murder of Italian citizen Rocchelli. We also offered a visit at the crime scene as it will allow to remove the number of the reservations and possibly to disavow the testimony of the Italian side. At the moment, we have no answer, despite our numerous reminds', Yenin noted.

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According to him, the Prosecutor General's Office also expressed the readiness to create the international contact group. Yenin emphasized that the prosecutor's office will continue to demand the objective truth-telling in Markiv case, defense of his legal rights and interests.

The Security Service of Ukraine in Donetsk region investigates the case at the moment and the pass of the case to another regional department is considered.

'The mentioned investigation is held by the SBU in Donetsk region as far as I understand it can be passed to the Chief SBU Department to increase the effectiveness of the investigation', Yenin said.

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Earlier Interior Ministry Arsen Avakov and Italian Ambassador discussed a case of arrested National Guard officer Markiv. The minister reminded that the Italian side did not respond to the offer on the creation of the joint investigative group for the efficient interaction needed for the gathering of the necessary evidentiary materials, search and questioning of the witnesses.

The Italian police detained the Ukrainian military Vitaliy Markiv on June 30. The council is not allowed to visit him because Markiv is the citizen of Italy. The Prosecutor’s General Office of Ukraine keeps in touch with Italian police and Markiv’s advocates.

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The Prosecutor’s General Office of Ukraine also added that Markiv has two citizenships: the Ukrainian and the Italian.

According to Yevhen Yenin, Deputy Prosecutor General, the Ukrainian side is surprised by the detention of the Ukrainian soldier. ‘The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine demands that the Italian side either release Markiv immediately or provide fundamental evidence of his guilt,’ he posted at Facebook. Yenin added that Ukrainian law enforcers are looking into the death of  Italian photographer Andrea Rocchelli and his interpreter Andrei Mironov that took place near Slovyansk, Donetsk region, in May 2014.

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