The court extended the arrest of suspects in the case of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet Yulia Kuzmenko. Such a decision was made on the night of May 26 as Interfax-Ukraine reported.
“The court granted the motion of the prosecutor and extended the restrictive measure in the form of the detention until July 24, 2020,” the message said.
Earlier, Kuzmenko’s lawyer Taras Bezpaly stated about the recusal of the judged. He grounded his decision by doubt about the impartiality of the judge. He asked to appoint another judge for the consideration of the appeal of a group of prosecutors on the extension of the detention. In his turn, the judge announced a break in the court session for an indefinite period after the statement about recusal.
On May 25, another suspect Yana Duhar was released on bail.
As we reported National police detained the persons of interests in case of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet. They also notified of suspicion.
Kyiv Pechersk District Court chose a preventive measure for Yulia Kuzmenko in the form of the detention for two months. Pechersk district court of Kyiv chose the restrictive measure in the form of the 24-hour house arrest for military nurse Yana Duhar. Andriy Antonenko was also arrested for two months.
Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sheremet was killed in Kyiv on 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. Then 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.