Head of the Kherson Regional Council Vladyslav Manger, the suspect in the organization of murder of Kherson official Kateryna Handziuk, stated that her murder was organized by General of Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Danylo Dotsenko, as 112 Ukraine reported.
“I know that Kateryna has closely cooperated with the SBU and was directly subordinated by SBU General Danylo Dotsenko. I state that in the personal conversation, Danylo Dotsenko repeatedly reported to me about personal hate toward “Batkivshchyna’ Party and our leader Yulia Tymoshenko and he will do everything possible at the territory of Kherson region to eliminate it,” the suspect said.
According to him, Dotsenko repeatedly confirmed his intentions by actions.
“Personally Dotsenko has created a few criminal groupings, involved in the logging of the wood, racketeering, and extortion at the territory of the region. These criminal groupings with arms were detained by police many times but after personal interference of Dotsenko was released,” Manger added.
He noted that it became the reason for the conflict between the SBU and the police of the Kherson region. According to the suspect, Dotsenko created this conflict.
“I think that Danylo Dotsenko has organized the attack against Kateryna Handziuk to discredit the police. But after that, and we have the irrefutable proof, that very severe consequences became the result of the attack; the physical destruction of Kateryna took place and this horrible tragedy was used for political purposes. It is not a secret that the different reasons for death were announced; and then the results of the expert study were classified. I think that such actions of General Danylo Dotsenko discredit the work of the SBU and whole authority of Ukraine. I report to all present people that I worry about my life. The investigation does not need me alive,” Manger stated.
On February 11, Vladyslav Manger was served with charge papers in Handziuk’s murder. In his turn, Manger said that he would not escape from the country due to suspicion of organizing the murder of Handziuk.
On November 4, 2018, it became known that Kateryna Handziuk died at age of 34. She was doused with sulphuric acid in July this year. According to preliminary information, her death was caused by blood clot's detachment.
Besides, the doctors specified the cause for the death of Handziuk was specified. It was due to multiple organ failure and chemical burns.
Handziuk case evoked a huge public outrage, with people demanding to find the orderer of the murder of the activist.