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 50 experts investigate Sheremet’s murder with his professional activity as main lead, - National Police

50 experts are involved in the probe into the murder of journalist for Ukrainska Pravda Pavel Sheremet.

Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the National Police of Ukraine.

"50 experts are trying to solve the murder of Pavel Sheremet. The investigators are working around the clock. The main lead of the investigation into journalist's death is his exercise of profession. These are the results of the investigation team's efforts as of the evening of July 22," the statement reads.

As part of the investigation, the law enforcement officers have seized and continue impounding videos of surveillance cameras installed near the house of the deceased as well as dashcams of cars parked nearby. They also seized footage of surveillance cameras located near the explosion site.

Watch more: Sheremet's murder: car bomb was planted by woman. VIDEO (surveillance cameras)

"The video that was posted on the Internet has been introduced into evidence. The investigation team is trying to identify people captured on this video suspecting that they may also have something to do with the explosion," the report reads.

The police officials urge journalists to submit all available evidence to the investigators, thus contributing to the solution of this high-profile crime.

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

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 Sheremet's killing 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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