“The reaction of the suspect was not seen because many people came to the courtroom to support him. They chanted: ‘Disgrace’ toward the decision of the judges,” the correspondent noted.
It is reported that only 35 people were allowed to enter the room: relatives, free attendee and bailsmen.
At the beginning of the court session, the lawyers appealed to release Antonenko from the box; however, the judges did not granted the motion, explaining such decision with security measures. The discrepancy of the expert study provided by the investigation was one of the main arguments of the defense. The lawyers noted that the height of a person in the video – 170 cm, Antonenko’s height is 180 cm and such difference is substantial.
The lawyers also stated that Antonenko did not limp after the surgery and there is a doctor who can prove it. Besides, the expert stated in the conclusion that Antonenko ‘had the walk of a criminal’. They find such formulation inappropriate.
The prosecutor stated that there are no grounds to doubt in the results of the expert study and supposedly, the defense did not provide any evidence that the expert study might be null and avoid. Besides, he stated that the investigation established the ties of Kuzmenko and Antonenko; they have known each other for a long time.
“We listened to about 10 bailsmen today. They put emphasis on the fact that Antonenko, staying under arrest, could not generate income, while he has two children. However, Antonenko was left under arrest. Besides, the restrictive measures for Kuzmenko and Yana Duhar remain unchanged,” the message said.
The date of the next court session is unknown.
As we reported, National police detained the persons of interests in case of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet. They are 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.
Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sheremet was killed in Kyiv in the morning of July 20, 2016. His car 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.