Kyiv court rules to arrest suspected organizer of Handziuk murder
Kyiv's Shevchenkivsky court has ruled to arrest Chairman of Kherson Regional Council Vladyslav Manger, who is suspected of organizing Kherson activist Kateryna Handziuk's murder, for 17 days with bail set at UAH 2.49 million, or US$91,981.
Thus, the court partially granted the prosecution's motion, the Ukrainian media outlet Hromadske reported.
Manger's lawyers said they would appeal the court decision. The full text of the decision will be made public at 16:00 on February 18.
After the ruling was read out, Manger's lawyer Dmytro Ilchenko said his client did not have such money, according to the Ukrainian-based Insider portal.
"Manger does not have such money. We will have to borrow. I will also lend [money to] Vladyslav Manger. We will also turn to those who promised help."
Manger was arrested in the courtroom and taken to the detention center.
The court hearings on the preventive measure for the alleged organizer of Handziuk's murder lasted almost four days.
UNIAN memo. Kherson activist, adviser to the Mayor of Kherson and acting manager of affairs at Kherson City Council's executive committee Kateryna Handziuk, 33, on July 31, 2018, survived an act of acid throwing.
She suffered burns to more than 35% of her body and underwent 11 operations in Kyiv to treat her horrific injuries.
Handziuk died on November 4, 2018. The immediate cause of her death was given as a severed blood clot resulting from the acid attack.
Police originally qualified the attack 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. The alleged participant in the assassination, Serhiy Torbin, and Mykyta Hrabchuk, another suspect in the case, are in custody.
Three other suspects – Vyacheslav Vishnevsky, Volodymyr Vasyanovych, and Viktor Horbunov – were placed under house arrest.
On November 5, the media reported that Torbin had allegedly received money for the attack on Handziuk from Ihor Pavlovsky, an assistant to Member of Parliament from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc parliamentary faction Mykola Palamarchuk. Palamarchuk in turn dismissed any accusations of his possible involvement in the assassination attempt on the activist. He also said he had dismissed Pavlovsky. On November 12, a court ruled to detain Pavlovsky. According to the SBU Security Service, he is suspected of complicity in the Handziuk murder.
Chief Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko announced on December 3 that the investigators had identified all the individuals who had ordered the assassination. He also named Oleksiy Levin (his real second name is Moskalenko) who later was placed on the international wanted list on December 10, 2018, on suspicion of involvement in the Handziuk assassination.
On January 31, 2019, Chairman of Kherson Regional Council Vladyslav Manger announced the suspension of his membership in Yulia Tymoshenko's Batkivshchyna Party for the period of the investigation of the Handziuk murder case.
On February 11, Manger was served with charge papers as an organizer of the assassination of Kherson activist Kateryna Handziuk.