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Sheremet’s wife files lawsuit against Lutsenko, accusing him of inaction

Olena Prytula asks to investigate the murder of a journalist as a terrorist act
14:42, 2 August 2018

Associated Press

The wife of journalist Pavlo Sheremet, who was murdered in the center of Kyiv two years ago, appealed to Pechersk District Court with a complaint against the inaction of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko. This was reported by Ukrainian Truth agency.

Olena Prytula requires that she is recognized as a victim and claims that the explosion was a terrorist act.

"The audacity with which the terrorists acted shows that the purpose of the crime was not the murder of Pavlo Sheremet, but to arouse panic and depression of the witnesses of the terrorist attack, TV viewers and relatives of the deceased Pavlo Sheremet. It is obvious that the crime was committed in order to intimidate the population and journalists in particular," the complaint stated.

The document states that on February 27, 2018, Prytula addressed Lutsenko with the request that the case be investigated as a terrorist act that led to the death of a person. However, Yuriy Lutsenko did not react to this request by August 1.

Related: Second anniversary of Pavlo Sheremet's murder

The wife of Sheremet asks the court to oblige the Prosecutor General to register the crime to the Unified Register of Pre-trial Investigations as a terrorist act and to begin an investigation under the article ‘Creation of a terrorist group or terrorist organization’.

In addition, Prytula asks to accept the participation in criminal proceedings of the lawyer Andriy Mamalyga as victim’s representative.

As we reported, 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 Ukrainian Truth 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.

Related: Investigations has no serious progress in murder of Sheremet, - Ukraine's Prosecutor General

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