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 Former Berkut fighter Honcharenko returned into custody: he is suspected of killing Euromaidan activists

Former fighter of Berkut secret forces unit Vitalii Honcharenko is suspected of murdering three people on Feb. 18, 2014 at Kyiv's Maidan. The Pechersky District Court of Kyiv has changed the restraint measure from home arrest to jail for 60 days.

The court made the decision after an eight-hour hearing. This was announced by the defense lawyer Yevheniia Zakrevska to Hromadske, Censor.NET reports.

One of prosecutors, Oleksandr Suprun, said the court granted a motion by the Prosecutor General's Office of changing the restraint measure for Honcharenko. After 60 days in custody, the indictment will be sent to court for consideration.

Honcharenko was also an involvant in the case of attack upon Hromadske journalist Anastasiia Stanko and Kostiantyn Reutskyi on Jan. 29, 2015. On that day, Berkut fighters Honcharenko, Kostiuk, and Riiako asked the journalists to show the documents as they were returning from a trip to the war zone. The law enforcers decided to check the belongings of the reporters, stole their GoPro camera and hit Reutskyi.

The Berkut fighters were saying they would not be punished "either for the Maidan or for now."

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Honcharenko and three former Berkut fighters were detained in Kharkiv in June 2016. All four were police officers at the moment. Two of them -- Oleksandr Bielov and Vitalii Honcharenko -- are accused of the murder of three Euromaidan protesters on Feb. 18, 2014 in Kriposnyi Lane. Only Honcharenko was put in custody back then.

On Feb. 4, 2017 Pecherskyi District Court of Kyiv changed the restraint measure for Honcharenko from custody to home arrest.

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