Sheremet case: activists demand Zelensky’s guarantees of judicial transparency
Activists have appealed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to demand transparency in the trial of the defendants in the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet – Yulia Kuzmenko, Andrey Antonenko and Yana Dugar.
The text of the call is published on the Free Riff Facebook page.
“We ask you, as President of Ukraine, to guarantee the implementation of the standards of the Ukrainian Constitution, respect for the constitutional rights and freedoms of Y. Kuzmenko, A. Antonenko, Y. Dugar, in order to ensure a fair examination of this case by an independent and impartial court so that the unfounded content does not endure for the network of innocent people and of Ukrainian society has not lost confidence in justice and justice in Ukraine “, indicates the press release.
Activists recalled that 6 months have passed since December 12, 2019 during a briefing organized by the Interior Ministry, Dugar, Kuzmenko and Antonenko “declared” murderers “and the police expressed their version of the events “that the company has been following this case for six months and six months.” Kuzmenko and Antonenko are under arrest.
“… The company observes the following: the suspects’ lawyers provide evidence to refute the validity of the suspicions and the presence of any risk of obstruction of the investigation by these people, there is no reason to believe that these people were implicated in the murder of Pavel Sheremet. Despite this, the courts have not issued any reason for the election and extension of the preventive measures of Y. Kuzmenko, A. Antonenko, Y. Dugar, “- specified in the call.
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The activists considered that the courts could not be objective and independent, “since on December 12, 2019 these people were named” murderers “, broadcasting a briefing of the Ministry of the Interior throughout the country”, and noted that the State officials have made numerous statements about the involvement of these people in the media. people to kill Sheremet; this is what determines the outcome of court decisions each time. “
It should be noted that this is a “flagrant violation of human rights, as evidenced by the practice of the European Court of Human Rights (on human rights – ed.) “
“… If the Ukrainian judicial system is unable to properly assess this” evidence “from the investigation and continues to hold innocent people behind bars, the European Court of Human Rights will certainly take into account all the arguments and will make a decision from the point of view of an objective observer and the accused in such a case will be that of Ukraine, “the activists said.
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As reported by Ukrinform, Sheremet died on July 20, 2016 in Kiev following a car explosion.
Home Affairs Minister Arsen Avakov announced on December 12, 2019 the detention and the suspicion of the accused in the Sheremet murder case.
The investigation suspects doctor and volunteer Yulia Kuzmenko, the nurse of one of the paratrooper battalions Yana Dugarb and ATO veteran Andrei Antonenko.
On May 22, lawyer Nikolai Orekhovsky announced the completion of the preliminary inquiry into the murder of Pavel Sheremet.
On May 25, the Pechersk court in Kiev granted the request of the prosecutors and changed the preventive measure of Yane Dugar from house arrest to bail in the amount of 168,000 hryvnia. Lawyer Dugar Vitaliy Kolomiets later reported that more than 500 people had transferred the amount needed to deposit in less than a day.
Kouzmenko and Antonenko are still in prison today.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru