14:17 09.02.2018

Preliminary hearing on Buzyna's murder case to continue on Feb 22

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 The preparatory meeting of the Kyiv Shevchenkivsky District Court in the case of the murder of journalist Oles Buzyna will continue on February 22, the panel of judges haven't satisfied the defense's motion for dismissal of judges and haven't accepted the self-challenge of presiding judge Yevhen Sidorov.

The corresponding panel was announced by the panel of judges on the defense's motion to dismiss the composition of the court and on the trial of the jury, and also considered the withdrawal of the presiding judge, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported.

In connection with the employment of judges in other proceedings, the preliminary hearing was postponed to 10:00 on February 22.

As reported, the prosecutor's office of Kyiv on November 28, 2017 sent this indictment for consideration on the merits to the Kyiv's Shevchenkivsky court.

Buzyna was killed in the yard of an apartment block where he lived in Kyiv on April 16, 2015.

Medvedko and Polishchuk were detained on June 18 on suspicion of killing Buzyna.

Polishchuk, a guard lieutenant of the Ukrainian armed forces, had taken part in the Anti-Terrorist operation (ATO) in Donbas as the commander of the 54th reconnaissance battalion. Medvedko took part in the ATO in Donbas as a member of the Interior Ministry's Kyiv-2 battalion.

Lawyer Serhiy Voichenko, representing suspects Andriy Medvedko and Denys Polishchuk, said on June 27 that the Kyiv prosecutor's office had reported completing the pretrial inquiry into Buzyna's murder.

The accused are charged pursuant to Clause 12 of Part 2 of Article 115 (premeditated murder) and Part 1 of Article 263 (unlawful possession of firearms) of Ukraine's Criminal Code. If convicted, the defendants could face from 10 to 15 years in jail or life imprisonment.

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