Odesa court rules arrest without bail of three suspects in Mykhaylyk attack
Odesa's Kyivsky District Court has ordered the arrest without bail of suspects, three citizens of Georgia, in the murder attempt against activist Oleh Mykhaylyk, Sudova Vlada Ukrainy website has reported.
"The court examined the motion of law-enforcement agencies and ordered the arrest of three citizens of Georgia for 60 days without bail," the website said.
One of the suspects of the attack, Georgian citizen Tornike Gerasin, who was earlier rumored to be paralyzed (according to other reports, only his hand was paralyzed), was arrested for 60 days without bail, the Odesa-based Dumska website reported. Gerasina was put in pretrial confinement for 60 days and denied bail after the court ruling. Media reports said the two other suspects are Georgian citizens Lashi Gerasin, Tornike Gerasin's brother, who is also suspected of other crimes (theft) and Manuchar Varshanidze, who was in possession of a weapon that may have been used to shoot Mykhaylyk.
As earlier reported, on September 22 unidentified persons attacked the activist, who head "The Strength of People" organization in Odesa. Mykhaylyk was hospitalized at the Evreiska Hospital (Jewish Hospital) in Odesa.
Police have opened a criminal case under Article 15 and Article 115 of Ukraine's Criminal Code (premeditated murder). Investigators are seeking to determine who ordered the attack on Mykhaylyk.