12:55 26.10.2018

Person involved in assault on Tetiana Chornovol given five-year prison term

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Person involved in assault on Tetiana Chornovol given five-year prison term

The Boryspil City District Court in Kyiv region has sentenced Ihor Kornilov to a five-year prison sentence following charges with assault on journalist and civic activist Tetiana Chornovol and now a member of the parliament in December 2013, Ukrayinska Pravda has reported.

The sentence was announced on October 25.

The defendant's attorney Valeriy Buniak said that the defense will most likely appeal the court's ruling because they believe that the defendant is innocent.

"Our stance is that Ihor Mykolayovych was not involved in committing that crime; therefore, it is logical that we will appeal this verdict," Buniak said.

He added that he will seek approval of this stance with Kornilov. According to the attorney, his client was given the maximum sentence, so when it comes to counting the term of his imprisonment, the fact that he has been in custody since July 21, 2017 will be taken into consideration.

The Prosecutor General's Office announced back in January 2018 that the pre-trial investigation into the case was completed and the bill of indictment with regard to one of the suspects who had been charged with attempted murder of Chornovol was sent to court.

Also, the Prosecutor General's Office said that a total of five people had been given notices of suspicion: the bills of indictment for two people were sent to court and those persons were given prison sentences, one person was being wanted, and one suspect passed away.

As was earlier reported, journalist and public activist Tetiana Chornovol and now a member of the parliament was assaulted on the Boryspil-Kyiv motorway in the early hours of December 25, 2013.

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