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Ukraine's Prosecutor General claims three suspects in attack on Handziuk

Yuriy Lutsenko expects the investigation to make progress next week
11:59, 9 November 2018

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Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko stated that the investigation suggests 12 versions concerning those who ordered the murder of Ukrainian civil activist Kateryna Handziuk, three of them are the main ones, as he said on air of 1+1.

“I have at least three surnames related to the order of Hundziuk’s murder out of 12 versions, which were suggested, including while cooperating with Kateryna Handziuk. If I name at least one, it won’t help the investigation,” Lutsenko said.

Related: People say goodbye to late activist Kateryna Handziuk

According to the Prosecutor General, Sergiy Torbin, suspected in organizing the attack, refuses to name the one who ordered it.

“According to the materials I have, the investigation could make serious steps towards the detention of the criminal a few days ago,” he stated.

Related: All 20 of inquiry lines of Ukrainian activist Handziuk murder to be considered, - Poroshenko

The civil activist and counselor to Kherson city mayor, a devoted fighter against corruption in the government, Handziuk suffered an acid attack in July, 2018 when a man poured some sulfuric acid on her head and neck. The woman sustained heavy burns, with almost 40 percent of the skin taking damage; she survived the initial assault but died at a hospital on November 4, due to multi-organ failure and consequences of severe burns.

The law enforcers immediately started an investigation. Five suspects in the attack were detained; all but one pleaded guilty, facing from 10 to 15 years in prison. The remaining suspect refuses to reveal the name of the assassin's paymaster and thus might face the life sentence. 

Related: Ukraine's Parliament invites law enforcement agencies leaders to report on Handziuk case

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