Ambassador Gough on Handziuk's death: Those responsible to be held to account

11:39, 05 November 2018
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"Terribly saddened to hear that Kateryna Handzyuk has died. She battled her horrific injuries with courage & dignity. Important that those responsible for this dreadful attack are held to account," she wrote on Twitter on November 5, 2018.

Earlier, European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn also reacted to the death of Handziuk.

"Very saddened by the news of the passing of the incredibly brave Kateryna Handziuk. Attacks against civil society activists are unacceptable. The perpetrators of this vicious crime must be brought to justice. My thoughts are with her family and friends," he wrote on Twitter on November 4, 2018.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Kherson activist, adviser to the Mayor of Kherson and acting manager of affairs at Kherson City Council's executive committee Kateryna Handziuk on July 31 survived an act of acid throwing. Handziuk's injury was over 30% of the total body surface area, and doctors assessed her condition as serious.

She was transferred to a Kyiv hospital, where died on November 4 after long treatment. She reportedly died of a blood clot.

Police originally qualified the attack on the official as an attempted murder committed with extreme cruelty, then its status was changed to completed murder.

Six suspects were detained, one of whom, Mykola Novikov, was later released from custody as charges against him were dropped.

Three suspects – Vyacheslav Vishnevsky, Volodymyr Vasyanovych, and Viktor Horbunov – are now under house arrest.

The alleged organizer of the assassination, Serhiy Torbin, remains in custody. His arrest has recently been extended until December 3.

Mykyta Hrabchuk is also under arrest.

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