Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov told about the progress in the investigation of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet as 112 Ukraine TV channel reported.
“The case on the murder of Pavlo Sheremet is very difficult and has a lot of aggravating circumstances and circumstances concealed from the public. However, we gathered a lot of material in this case and did a significant job. Now, what is going on now? Currently, the investigation gathered over 200 volumes, the suspicion is notified to three suspects. Each of the suspects has the right for defense and the court should deliver the decision considering the whole system of arguments of the prosecution, suspicions and defense,” Avakov said.
According to him, the investigation believes that it has an exhaustive list of arguments for the announcement of suspicion. The suspects refused to testify, participate in the investigative experiments and pass the polygraph tests.
Avakov added that all materials were passed to the court.
“There is no need to speculate politically on this situation; the investigation of this case is very serious; it is not tied with some personas, my career of careers of other officials and police employees. I cannot reveal the details of the case but this episode on three suspects is passed to the court, the materials of the case in 38 volumes are accessible for the colleagues-lawyers; the investigation continues on other episodes of this cases, on instigators, organizers, mechanisms of execution and other co-partakers,” the minister added.
Avakov said that the investigation might be renewed on new facts and these fact will be disclosed.
On May 22, the pre-trial investigation against the alleged perpetrators of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet was over.
As we reported before, the pretrial investigation of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet was extended for another two months, up to June 12, 2020. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine made such a decision on the request of the police investigators.
Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sheremet was killed in Kyiv on 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 Ukrainska Pravda outlet Olena Prytula; she was not in the car at the moment. The Ukrainian police qualified the explosion as intentional homicide. Then 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.