Suspect in the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet Yulia Kuzmenko, who was arrested until February 8, 2020, appealed to the court with the request to change the restrictive measure as 112 Ukraine reported.
“I ask to change the restrictive measure. Let’s be honest, I cannot escape from this country; I will not cross the border because I am under investigation. I have nowhere to go. I am accused of having the possibility to move to the uncontrolled territories of Ukraine; I also cannot go there as I am on the date bases of DPR and LPR. I will not go there, to that border, it will be until the first checkpoint and life is over,” Kuzmenko stated.
She also noted that it is her principal position to prove her innocence.
“I will not hide anywhere. I will not do it principally, because my position is not only to prove that I am innocent but prove it in such a way to be released from here and not to see the doubt of people. I do not want to see the doubt in the eyes of my patients who were older, parents of the patients. I want to protect my good name. And believe, even if I am taken out of this country, I will desperately resist,” Kuzmenko underlined.
Besides, the suspect stated about the readiness to pass all expert studies necessary for the investigators.
“I want, among other things, to go free and return my good name, name of the surgeon, name of the volunteers. It means a lot to me; it is my life,” Kuzmenko concluded.
Besides, 112 Ukraine correspondent noted that the situation is calm near the court, which considers Kuzmenko’s case.
“A few dozens of the supporters of Yulia Kuzmenko gathered here; they are waiting for the decision of the court. The court session lasts for three hours. The lawyer asked to release Yulia Kuzmenko from the glass box and the judge said that he is not against it if the lawyer takes responsibility for the safety in the room and asked everyone except the journalists and guarantors to leave the courtroom,” the journalist noted.
As we reported National police detained the persons of interests in case of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet. They also notified on 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.
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. 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.