"The murder of Iryna Nozdrovska has been solved. It was done in a professional manner, without hysteria, and on short notice. The police do have a suspect in the murder of Iryna Nozdrovska in custody,” the lawmaker wrote on social media, Censor.NET reports.
“The motive for the murder was payback for Iryna's human rights activities. The investigators have reconstructed all the details of this heinous crime.
“More than enough evidence has been collected for the trial starting with the murder weapon and ending with the suspect’s guilty plea disclosing all the details of the murder.
“The suspect faces trial and a long prison sentence. It is now up to the court to decide whether it will be life imprisonment or a long-term imprisonment,” he said.
On Jan. 1, 2018, journalist Volodymyr Tymofiichuk reported the body of Nozdrovska who went missing two days earlier found in the river on the outskirts of Demydiv village in the Vyshhorod district.
The police later confirmed that Nozdrovska was murdered. For two years the victim had sought punishment for a resident of Demydiv village Dmytro Rossoshanskyi charged with committing hit-and-run under influence in which Nozdrovska’s sister Svitlana Sapatynska was killed. Rossoshanskyi’s uncle chaired Vyshgorod district court at that time.
Obukhiv court sentenced Rossoshanskyi to seven years in prison following the trial that lasted more than two years. Rossoshanskyi’s lawyers nearly managed to set the criminal free under amnesty at the hearing in Kyiv-based Court of Appeals on Dec. 27. The appellate court ruled the court of first instance to review the case and left Rossoshanskyi in custody for 60 days.
On Jan. 2, 2018, Nozdrovska’s relatives and friends as well as activists and concerned people held a rally outside the building of the National Police Main Directorate in charge of Kyiv and the Kyiv region demanding to find those involved in the high profile murder.
On Jan. 8, the law enforcers said they had detained a suspect in Nozdrovska’s murder.