Murder Elderberry: more questions than answers

Ukrainian Interior Ministry announced the disclosure of the murder of journalist Olesya Elderberry. DW interviewed experts say the lack of confidence in the law enforcement system and insist on openness of the process.

“The murder of A. Elderberry solved”, - a post with the title unveiled on Thursday, June 18 on his page on the social network Facebook Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. In it he said about the detention of suspects in the murder of the chief editor of the newspaper “Today” Oles elder, who was shot near his house in April this year.

According to the minister, the Criminal Investigation Department and the Ministry of Internal Affairs investigation for two months to investigate the murder of a journalist and got direct evidence linking the suspects to the crime. It is, in particular, the results of DNA testing of clothes thrown to the scene and traces in the car, as well as on the direct identification of witnesses and material surveillance of suspects. Their names - Andrew Medvedko and Denis Polishchuk said Avakov.

“The two of them - the actual perpetrators. Those who were at the crime scene and who was shooting. The murderers were not alone, are still detained,” - said at a briefing later Arsen Avakov, without specifying, however, what might be the motives of the murder of a journalist. Subsequently, the minister wrote in his Twitter microblog on the detention of a third suspect.

“Delicately patriotic” case

As it turned out, the detainees were community activists participated in the events on the Maidan in February 2014. “Andrew Medvedko - my friend. We had been in Kyiv city administration on the Maidan, where they were introduced. Then he ran for the city council. He is a patriot, was a volunteer in the NSS, drove volunteer help,” - said a friend of the suspect DW Cyril Dorollenko from Dnepropetrovsk.

“Yes, it’s our guys - Andrew Medvedko, police lieutenant, he served in the battalion Kiev-2, was in ATU. The second - the commander of a platoon of 54 separate reconnaissance battalion. They were charged with the murder of Elderberry and refer to any DNA testing. This is absurd” - said the representative of the youth organization of DW “C14″ Sergey Bondarev.

He said that the organization was established a long time, it has a patriotic direction and noticed that Medvedko is still a member of the All-Ukrainian Union “Freedom”, the chairman of the Caves branch of the political party in Kiev. However, in the very “freedom”, according to media reports, they said that Medvedko expelled from the party in July last year.

Interior Minister: Killing Elderberry disclosed

Arsen Avakov said the disclosure murder of Ukrainian journalist. He called the names of the culprits. However, he did not disclose the names of potential customers and the motives of the crime.

According to Mr. Cooper, the detention of members of “C14″ in the company attributed to the fact that the suspects have collected dirt on the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in particular the Deputy Minister Basil Pascali. The organization said that the protection of Medvedko and Polishchuk has attracted the best lawyers and even the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada.

19 June 2015

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