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 Roma to leave belongings in Loshchynivka for now, - Lortkipanidze

Law enforcers continue to safeguard the homes of the Roma so that they are not looted.

The Roma community is not going to take out their belongings from Loshchynivka, a village in the Odesa region where an underage girl was killed a few days ago, Censor.NET reports citing 112 Ukraine.

Heorhii Lortkipanidze, the regional police chief, said that the Roma are not going to take out their belongings for the time being, adding that law enforcers continue to protect their homes from possible plundering.

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As also noted, the court is to choose a pre-trial restraint against the suspected murderer today.

At present, the locals show no signs of hostile activity and the situation in Loshchynivka remains quiet. About 60 police officers maintain order in the village.

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As previously reported, riots broke out in Loshchynivka after a dead 8-year-old girl was found in an abandoned house on the village outskirts Aug. 26. A 21-year-old Roma local was detained as murder suspect, after which several Roma homes were ransacked by locals. More than 300 people took part in the unrest.

The suspect, in turn, does not plead guilty. He gave testimonies first but abandoned them afterwards. According to locals, the Roma settled in the village three years ago and have been involved in robbery and drug dealing, beating up and bullying of villagers since then. The local police have been ignoring the people's complaints.
 
 
 
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