National Police investigators are asking the Attorney General’s Office to extend the preliminary investigation into the murder of suspected journalist Pavel Sheremet from Yana Dugar, Yulia Kuzmenko and Andrei Antonenko for another two months – until June 2020.
On this subject with reference to the prosecutor in the case Sergei Zuzak reports hromadske.
According to him, the efforts made to refer the case to the courts are insufficient; a certain number of investigative actions and examinations are still necessary.
“Twenty examinations have not yet been carried out, interrogations are also underway,” said the prosecutor.
He added that the three suspects had refused to undergo a polygraph, and some of them following a psychological and anthropological examination.
Counsel for the suspects Andrei Antonenko, Yulia Kuzmenko and Yana Dugar filed objections to this petition, noting the lack of evidence to refute the defense arguments.
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“There is no evidence to refute the defense arguments regarding the growth lag (10 cm lag), not a single witness who denied the testimony of more than 10 witnesses in favor of Dugar, the lag portrait examination due to the presence, in particular, of TVT, and examination only by the visual comparison method – makes such an examination false, as well as a gait examination. There is no evidence of Dugar’s contacts with Antonenko and Kouzmenko until 2019, the investigation did not refute documents from alibi and others. More than enough evidence to shut down Dugar’s production. However, the prosecution presents unnecessary expertise in order to have a formal reason to continue the investigation, ”said Yana’s lawyer Dugar Vitaliy Kolomiets.
A response from the Attorney General’s Office is expected on March 30. In the event of an extension of the deadlines in the coming days, judicial sessions should be held to extend the suspects to the deadlines for measures which expire in early April.
National police investigators were reported to have asked the Office of the Attorney General in February to extend the terms of the preliminary inquiry in the Sheremet case until June, but the then Attorney General, Ruslan Ryaboshapka, extended until April. He noted that now there is not enough evidence in the case and that more work needs to be done.
Home Affairs Minister Arsen Avakov announced on December 12, 2019 the detention and the suspicion of the accused in the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet.
The investigation suspects doctor and volunteer Yulia Kuzmenko, the nurse of one of the paratrooper battalions Yana Dugar and ATO veteran Andrei Antonenko.
Kuzmenko and Antonenko are now in prison. Dugar was elected as a preventive measure in the form of a house arrest.
Journalist Pavel Sheremet died on July 20, 2016 in Kiev following a car explosion.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru