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 Four main versions followed in Sheremet’s murder, - Tandit

Advisor to the SBU Chairman Yurii Tandit says the investigation follows four main leads in the murder of Pavel Sheremet.

Tandit wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

"Solving this crime is a matter of principle for us. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Prosecutor General's Office initiated criminal proceedings into the murder.

"We are following four main versions:

"- professional activity;

"- personal enmity or private vengeance;

"- Russia's involvement (destabilization);

"- attempt on the life of Olena Prytula.

Watch more: Pavel Sheremet's car explosion. VIDEO of surveillance cameras

"The preliminary findings showed that a remotely controlled explosive device planted under the driver's seat was used. Who benefits from this murder? Who benefits from committing a cynical murder now, when the situation on the front line has stabilized and the enemy is changing tactics, when the enemy has realized that it is impossible to defeat Ukraine in open confrontation, by force!

"President Petro Poroshenko instructed SBU head Vasyl Hrytsak to create a group of the best experts to carry out concerted investigation.

"We can talk about the motive already voiced by Vasyl Hrytsak: the purpose of the murder was to destabilize the situation in Ukraine.

"It is important to offer the law enforcement officers an opportunity to solve this crime. I urge pseudo truth-seekers not to use this tragedy for their own profit! There is no room for emotion in probing Pavel's murder. One cannot hype oneself on someone's death! We will do our best to find criminals and, most importantly, the masterminds!"

Read more: "Do not exclude any version. We'll not let anyone open second front inside the country," - Poroshenko on probing Sheremet's murder

As reported, prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in a car bombing in downtown Kyiv on Wednesday morning, July 20. The incident is preliminary qualified as murder. National Police chief Khatia Dekanoidze said the investigation into the killing of Sheremet would be a matter of honor for her. Kyiv prosecutor Hovda took the probe under personal control. The Information Policy Ministry is set to establish an inter-agency working group to investigate the death of Sheremet.

According to witnesses, the explosion occurred when Sheremet stopped at an exit to a main road. They note high detonation velocity.

Prosecutor General Lutsenko commented on the tragedy: "The death of Sheremet was due to an explosive device. It's a murder." Later, the Interior Ministry added a homemade shell-less explosive device was used, its power equivalent to 600 grams of TNT.

The tragic death of the journalist provoked strong public outcry. The chief editor of Ukrainska Pravda Sevhil Musaieva-Borovyk said: "This is a blow to entire Ukrainian journalism." OSCE called for bringing organizers and perpetrators to justice. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linkevičius called for a thorough investigation. Ukrainian President Poroshenko expressed his sympathies to the family and friends of Sheremet. Verkhovna Rada Speaker Parubii called for an immediate investigation. Similarly, an urgent and effective probe was ordered by Prime Minister Hroisman. NSDC Secretary Turchynov also expressed his condolences. President Poroshenko said international experts from FBI will be involved in investigation of the killing.

Sheremet will be buried in Minsk.

Originally from Minsk, Sheremet was particularly critical of Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko's crackdown on dissent.

In 1997, the journalist was arrested while reporting about smuggling across the Belarus-Lithuanian border and sentenced to two years in prison - a move widely viewed as politically motivated. Amnesty International declared him prisoner of conscience.

In 1999, Sheremet was presented with the Committee to Protect Journalists' International Press Freedom Award. In 2002, he was presented with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Prize for Journalism and Democracy.

Over the past five years, Sheremet has lived in Kyiv, worked for Ukrainska Pravda and was a host at Vesti radio.


 
 
 
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