Odesa activist charged with homicide, illegal possession of blade weapon

15:20, 11 June 2020
Ukraine
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"I was charged under Part 1 of Article 115 and Part 2 of Article 263 – homicide and 'illegal' possession of a bladed weapon. Despite the fact that there was no murder, but self-defense, which the investigator himself had previously admitted when pressing charges against my attackers, there are several expert opinions on the knife stating it is not a bladed weapon," he wrote on Telegram.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Sternenko said the SBU security service of Ukraine was ready to press homicide charges against him over the death of Ivan Kuznetsov, a person identified as one of the attackers who assaulted him in 2018.

Sternenko earlier claimed he stabbed the man with the knife he managed to grab from the attackers who initially used it against him.

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The assault was the third one over the course of the same year, all of which Sternenko claimed were attempts on his life.

At the same time, as earlier reported by Ukrainian media, the attack on Sternenko, which turned out to be fatal for one of the two perpetrators, was qualified as "hooliganism, committed with the use of weapons or another item adjusted for inflicting bodily injuries."

The high-profile case has sparked public debate in Ukraine on whether Sternenko's actions were justified and whether the attacks on the anti-corruption activist were being properly investigated as well.

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