U.S. urges Ukraine to find, bring perpetrators of Sheremet's murder to justice

16:33, 20 July 2019
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United States Chargé d'Affaires to Ukraine William Taylor / Photo from UNIAN

"On the third anniversary of Pavel Sheremet's assassination, we urge authorities to show their commitment to press freedom and bring the perpetrators of Sheremet's death to justice. Independent media play an important role in Ukrainian democracy," the embassy wrote on Facebook on July 20, 2019.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky summoned heads of the law enforcement agencies to report on the progress of the probe into the murder of Belarusian journalist Pavel Sheremet.

UNIAN memo. Pavel Sheremet, a journalist from Belarus who was residing in Kyiv, was blown up in a car on the morning of July 20, 2016. Police opened a criminal case under Clause 5 of Part 2 of Article 115 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (felonious homicide committed in a way dangerous for many people's life).

Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko called revenge for professional activity as a major theory behind the journalist's murder. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov did not rule out Russia's involvement in the assassination. He said that the National Police is ready to pay UAH 200,000 for any information with regard to the murder.

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