Ukraine holds expert study of audiotapes in Sheremet case

Source : 112 Ukraine

The expert study is held by Ukrainian experts on audio forensics
17:22, 6 January 2021

The audiotape with possible talks of the leadership of the Belarusian KGB about the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet was passed to the expert study, as Hromadske radio reported citing Deputy Interior Minister Anton Herashchenko.

He noted that the expert study is held by Ukrainian experts on audio forensics. It is held in Ukraine.

“For sample, if it is impossible to question a person personally, some public speech is taken and compared to the tape. In such a case, we have to follow this way. The expert study needs some time; it is a difficult technical expert and intellectual work,” Herashchenko reported.

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He also noted that the murder of the journalist took place in the territory of Ukraine and other countries will not participate in the investigation; they can only help voluntarily to solve such crimes. Currently, the date and time are being agreed when the Ukrainian prosecutors will be able to question a person who provided the evidence to establish more circumstances how these tapes were made.

“It takes place with the involvement of the third side – the law enforcement bodies of the country where the questioning is held. It is international legal assignments according to which the country where the witness lives allow holding investigative actions of the Ukrainian prosecutors,” Herashchenko said.

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Former employee of the Belarusian Special Forces Igor Makar reported that he passed the audio records to the Ukrainian law enforcers in December. Officially, there was no questioning but on January 4, the Ukrainian special services contacted him and he agreed to cooperate, including the provision of the testimony to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine.

On January 4, Belarusian people’s tribunal opposition organization and EUobserver published audio records with conversations of Vadim Zaitsev, the head of the Committee of Security of Belarus in 2008-2012. 


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