The investigation has yet to find suspects, who could be sent to court, in the case of Pavlo Sheremet’s murder, Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs Anton Herashchenko told 112.UA.
“In Sheremet’s case, the investigation, unfortunately, doesn’t have suspects, that could be sent to court with confidence, as the people who did it... Ukraine is a member of the Convention of Human Rights, and all court decisions can be revised, if possible, in the ECHR. So if we sentence someone in two weeks, the person will receive the decision from the ECHR, that the procedure had been violated,” Herashchenko said.
Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sheremet was killed in Kyiv in the morning of July 20, 2016. The car he was driving exploded in the city’s downtown. The vehicle belonged to his civilian wife, Editor-in-Chief of Ukrainska Pravda outlet Olena Prytula; she was not in the car at the moment. The Ukrainian police qualified the explosion as intentional homicide. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko assumed the murder could be the part of some ‘greater plan’, perhaps designed by the Kremlin. The key version of Sheremet’s murder was his professional activity.
Pavlo Sheremet was Ukrainian and Russian journalist of Belarusian origin. The 44-year-old is widely famous for his criticism of Russian and Belarusian leaders – Putin and Lukashenko, respectively. Sheremet was imprisoned by the government of Belarus in 1997, sparking an international incident between Belarus and Russia. The New York Times has described him as "known for his crusading reports about political abuses in Belarus" and "a thorn in the side of Lukashenko's autocratic government". He was awarded the Committee to Protect Journalists' International Press Freedom Award in 1999 and the OSCE Prize for Journalism and Democracy in 2002. He was married with two children, a son and a daughter. He also had a son with Canadian photographer Heidi Hollinger.