Organizer of attack on activist Handziuk pleads guilty

Organizer of attack on activist Handziuk pleads guilty

The organizer of the attack on Kherson activist Kateryna Handziuk, Serhiy Torbin, has found himself guilty and started to cooperate with investigators.

A meeting of the Pokrovske District Court of Dnipropetrovsk Region chaired by Judge Olena Chorna was held on June 3, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.

The meeting was attended by two prosecutors, the father of the victim, Viktor Handziuk, his representative, suspects in an organized assault Mykyta Hrabchuk, Volodymyr Vasianovych, Viacheslav Vyshnevsky, Viktor Horbunov and Serhiy Torbin and four of their lawyers, as well as lawyers for Chairman of Kherson Regional Council Vladyslav Manher.

Torbin pleaded guilty under Parts 4-5 of Article 27, Part 2, Article 28 and Part 2, Article 121 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine and agreed to punishment in the form of imprisonment for six years and six months under Article 69 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine.

The Supreme Court on May 16 submitted the case against suspects in the attack on activist Handziuk from the Kherson City Court of Kherson Region to the Pokrovske District Court of Dnipropetrovsk Region, at the place of residence of three of the five suspects.

On July 31, 2018, an acid attack was made on activist Kateryna Handziuk near the entrance to her house in Kherson. She underwent several operations but died on November 4, 2018.

Five people suspected of being involved in her murder were detained. It emerged on November 12 that Ihor Pavlovsky, a former assistant to MP Mykola Palamarchuk, had been arrested.

On February 11, 2019, the Prosecutor General's Office served Hhead of Kherson Regional Council Vladyslav Manher with a notice of suspicion in organizing the activist's murder. Early on February 15, a court chose for him a preventive measure in the form of detention with the right to post bail in the amount of over UAH 2.497 million. The bail was posted by Manher's lawyer.

It emerged on April 25 that Manher's suspicion had been changed to "ordering a bodily injury."

On May 7, the Prosecutor General's Office submitted to court the indictment against five people suspected of attacking Handziuk.


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