The decision to mitigate the pre-trial restriction on the titushky (hired thugs – Ed.) was made by Judges of the Shevchenkivskyi district court of Kyiv Martynov and Linnyk on Tuesday, Dec. 26. Linnyk is the judge who has earlier passed suspended sentence against titishky chieftain Yurii Krysin involved in the deadly attack on journalist Veremii at the same time and location.
Three titushky - Serhii Kostenko, Hennadii Pohrebnyi, and Oleh Heban - are being tried for armed attack on protesters near the Maidan late on Feb. 18, 2014. Pohrebnyi was transferred from remand prison to house arrest earlier.
"They were indicted of consummated manslaughter as they were plotting murders and they have actually committed all the acts they thought were necessary to succeed in their plot. However, the people escaped death due to factors outside the attackers’ powers – thanks to prompt medical intervention," said Valerii Smirnov, the prosecutor assigned to the case. Six Euromaidan activists received gunshot wounds in that attack.
It was the attacks committed by precisely these thugs and their accomplices that Viacheslav Veremii tried to capture on camera on Velyka Zhytomyrska Str., after which titishky chieftain Krysin together with his henchmen dragged the journalist out of the taxi, beat him and gunned him down.
According to Donskoi, Judges Martynov and Linnyk reasoned placing the tityshky under house arrest by the fact that the trial had been underway for 2.5 years with no visible result while the defendants had spent all this time in the remand prison.
Kostenko and Heban’s cases are subject to the Savchenko Law as it was adopted while they were in detention, which means that they have already served five years in jail without a verdict which allegedly violates reasonable terms.
However, the decision of Judge Martynov and Linnyk to transfer Kostenko and Heban from prison to house arrest cannot be appealed against since it was taken during the trial while only the decisions taken by an investigating judge during a pre-trial investigation can be appealed against.
As reported, Veremii was killed on the night of Feb. 19, 2014. He was riding home by a taxi when spotted several armed individuals wearing military uniforms and masks (hired thugs often referred to as titushky – Ed.) at the corner of Volodymyrska and Velyka Zhytomyrska streets. Titushky started crashing the taxi, pulled the driver and the passengers out after the journalist tried to make a picture of them. The driver and another passenger managed to escape after being beaten while Veremii was severely beaten, shot at and received a bullet in the back. He was taken to the intensive care unit but later died during surgery on Feb. 19 over blood loss and severe injuries.
On Sept. 18, 2015, PGO’s Special Investigations Directorate Chief Serhii Horbatiuk said that Veremii was murdered by Jalal Aliyev. According to unconfirmed reports, the murderer joined the militants of the self-styled "Donetsk People’s Republic" and was killed in Horlivka in July 2015.
On Dec. 22, 2017, the Shevchenkivskyi district court of Kyiv sentenced Yurii Krysin to a two-year suspended sentence for leading a group of individuals who attacked the journalist. He faces a four-year prison term in case of breaching probation conditions.