Sheremet case: Police reject statements of Duhar’s lawyers.

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The National Police rejected the statement of defense of Yana Duhar, the suspect in the case of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet as the police reported.

“On December 13, 2019, the lawyers stated that the video from the CCTV cameras for the complex expert panel evidence on the identification of a person on the signs of the appearance dated July 11, 2019. All the while, they stated the suspect was abroad. However, the video from the CCTV cameras was used for comparison with the picture of Yana Duhar, in fact, dated November 7, 2019: and the suspect was in Ukraine at that time, in Pokrovsk. The video recording was taken from the cameras of the local supermarket there for analysis,” the police stated.

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Moreover, according to the investigation, Duhar without problems and official permissions left the place of the military service. At the same time, the lawyers of the suspect stated that she could not conduct reconnaissance in Kyiv on July 15 and July 18, 2016, because she was not on vacation at that time and could not leave the place of the military service later.

“By the way, Yana Duhar did not say the truth even about her first visit to Kyiv: she said that she visited Kyiv for the first time in March 2017. But the investigators found on the personal page on the social networks of the suspect the photo at Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kyiv, dated August 29, 2012,” the message said.

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Besides, the National Police published the results of the complex expert panel evidence and facial recognition of Kyiv Scientific and Research Institute of Forensic Examination of Justice Ministry of Ukraine dated November 21, 2019, according to which, a woman- intelligence officer from the video from CCTV cameras is Yana Duhar.

“At the same time, recently, the lawyers of Yana Duhar announced information about the non-involvement of the suspect in the commitment of the crime. Whereby, they referred to the polygraph test…However, unknown study with the use of the unknown polygraph, appointed by an unknown person and held by an unknown person does not provide answers to the questions, which make the interest for the official investigation,” the police noted.

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Moreover, law enforcers find strange that the suspect refuses to cooperate with the investigation, delays the investigation progress but at the same time, she agrees on holding of ‘doubtful studies initiated by the defense, results of which are not evidence in the criminal proceeding’.

At the end of December 2019, the lawyers of suspect Duhar stated about the falsification of evidence and illicit arrest. Recently, they provided the court with witnesses who stated the alibi of the suspect on the day of the murder.

As we reported, National police detained the persons of interests in case of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet. They are also notified of suspicion.

Related: Sheremet’s murder: Police obliged to hold extra investigative actions

On December 13, 2019, Pechersk district court of Kyiv chose the restrictive measure in the form of the 24-hour house arrest for military nurse Yana Duhar.

Later the court changed the restrictive measure for Duhar. She is obliged to stay under the house arrest from 8:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. She will be able to work and serve in the military unit at other time.

On February 5, 2020, the court extended the arrest of Yana Duhar until April 4, 2020.

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Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sheremet was killed in Kyiv in the morning of July 20, 2016. His car exploded in the city’s downtown. The vehicle belonged to his civilian wife, Editor-in-Chief of Ukrainska Pravda outlet Olena Prytula; she was not in the car at the moment. The Ukrainian police qualified the explosion as intentional homicide. Then Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko assumed the murder could be the part of some ‘greater plan’, perhaps designed by the Kremlin. The key version of Sheremet’s murder was his professional activity.

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