Kherson Regional Council Chairman Suspicious Person in Murder
In November, 33-year-old anti-corruption activist Kateryna Handziuk died of wounds from an acid attack over the summer
The Chairman of the Kherson Regional Council, Vladyslav Manher, has been notified that he is considered a suspicious person in the murder of anti-corruption activist Kateryna Handziuk, Ukrainiain Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko wrote.
Handziuk was attacked with sulphuric acid on July 31, 2018, and died from her injuries on Nov. 4.
The notice reads that Manher is under suspicion for “organizing a murder, that is willful unlawful causing of death of another person, based on mercenary motives, committed as a contracted murder, with special brutality, upon prior conspiracy by a group of persons…”
Last week, the Kherson regional organization of the Batkivshchyna Party excluded Manher its party members.
On Jan. 31, Manher suspended his membership in the Batkivshchyna Party for the period of the investigation of Handziuk’s murder.
Earlier, Handziuk’s father, speaking at a meeting of the interim investigative commission of the Verkhovna Rada, alleged that a suspected crime lord, Oleksiy Levin (Moskal), worked with Manher and Chairman of the Kherson Regional State Administration Andriy Hordeyev and his deputy Yevhen Ryshchuk.
Hordeyev rejected the allegations of involvement in the murder of Handziuk and called on the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, chief of the Security service of Ukraine and the interior minister to verify the facts set forth in Viktor Handziuk’s appeal.
After Handziuk, who was a member of the Kherson City Council, was attacked with acid last summer, she suffered severe chemical burns and partially lost her sight. She underwent over ten operations before dying in the hospital at the age of 33.
Five people have been detained on suspicion of being involved in assassinating Handziuk. On Nov. 12, the arrest of Ihor Pavlovsky, the ex-assistant to MP Mykola Palamarchuk, hit the news.