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Trial in Markiv case to take place in Italy on June 6

Ukrainian National Guard is accused of killing Italian photograph Andrea Rocchelli and Russian interpreter Andrey Mironov
15:01, 6 July 2018

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A hearing in case of Ukraine’s National Guard soldier Vitaly Markiv will take place Friday, June 6 in Pavia. This was reported by Radio Liberty.

Markiv is accused of involvement in the murder of an Italian photographer Andrea Rocchelli and Russian interpreter Andrey Mironov, and an attempted murder of the French photojournalist William Roguelon in May 2014, during the fighting near Sloviansk. The family of the deceased photographer, a trade union federation of the Italian press and regional Association of Journalists in Lombardy are the victim party. The lawyer Alessandra Ballerini represents their interests.

It is reported that the first hearing will be open and all those interested in the proceedings will be allowed in. It is also specified that the court will probably allow video recording, as the lawyer of both sides did not object.

Markiv’s defender suggests that there will be several hearings in July, after which the process will continue in the fall.

Related: Trial over Ukraine’s volunteer Markiv adjourned for July 5

As it was reported earlier, Vitaly Markiv was detained on Friday, June 30, in the city of Bologna. Suspicion to him was put forward by the Pavia Prosecutor's Office. Currently, the fighter is in prison. Deputy platoon commander Markiv, who served in the operational battalion of Kulchytsky, is suspected of involvement in the deaths of photo reporter Andrea Rocchelli and Russian journalist Andrey Mironov, who were killed in May 2014 near Sloviansk (Donetsk region). French reporter William Roguelon was also wounded that day. In the area of the village Andriivka group of foreign journalists fell under mortar fire.

After it became known about the detention of Markiv, Ukraine’s Prosecution General said that it was truly surprised by the arrest of the soldier. Ukrainian law enforcers are investigating criminal proceedings on the death of foreign journalists, and according to investigators, the deaths of two journalists were the result of shelling by Russian-terrorist forces. The Office also appealed to the Italian authorities to provide evidence of Markiv's guilt or his immediate release.

Related: Italian court to select measure of restriction for detained Ukrainian Markiv

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