Kyiv Appeal Court remained under arrest Donbas veteran and musician Andriy Antonenko suspected in the case of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet, as Suspilne reported.
“The defense of Antonenko wanted the suspect to be released on parole; however, the court dismissed the appeal. According to the earlier appointed restrictive measure, Antonenko has to stay in detention until December 19,” the message said.
Antonenko’s lawyer Dmytro Kryvohy reported that the next session will take place on December 10 and the procedural matters will be solved during it. On December 17, the extension of the restrictive measures should be discussed.
According to mass media, the #FreeRiff campaign took place near the court. Its partakers demanded to release a musician. The activists who constantly come to the court note that the investigation has not provided yet conclusive evidence on the involvement of the suspects.
Earlier, the Shevchenkivskyi District Court of Kyiv has refused to question Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, and former Prosecutor-General Ruslan Ryaboshapka in the case of the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet.
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 part of some ‘greater plan’, perhaps designed by the Kremlin. The key version of Sheremet’s murder was his professional activity.