As reported by a correspondent for Censor.NET from the courtroom, Krysin’s lawyer Yevhen Solodko told the judges that his client failed to attend the hearing over "a possible threat to his life." At the same time, another suspect in this case, Serhii Chemes, took part in the trial via videoconferencing.
Krysin’s defender also filed three motions: to hold the trial behind closed doors, to provide Krysin a possibility to take part in hearings via Skype, and to provide security to Krysin and his property.
Presiding Judge Liubov Leontiuk ruled that the court shall examine these motions in the presence of Krysin and authorized to forcibly bring him to the next hearing scheduled for 1 p.m. March 26.
Krysin’s lawyer Solodko
Photos by Oleh Bohachuk, Censor.NET
On Dec. 22, 2017, the Shevchenkivskyi district court of Kyiv sentenced Yurii Krysin to a two-year suspended sentence for leading a group of individuals who attacked the journalist Veremii. He faces a four-year prison term in case of breaching probation conditions.
Veremii was killed on the night of Feb. 19, 2014. He was riding home by a taxi when spotted several armed individuals wearing military uniforms and masks (hired thugs often referred to as titushky – Ed.) at the corner of Volodymyrska and Velyka Zhytomyrska streets. Titushky started crashing the taxi, pulled the driver and the passengers out after the journalist tried to make a picture of them. The driver and another passenger managed to escape after being beaten while Veremii was severely beaten, shot at and received a bullet in the back. He was taken to the intensive care unit but later died during surgery on Feb. 19 over blood loss and severe injuries.
On Sept. 18, 2015, PGO’s Special Investigations Directorate Chief Serhii Horbatiuk said that Veremii was murdered by Jalal Aliyev. According to unconfirmed reports, the murderer joined the militants of the self-styled "Donetsk People’s Republic" and was killed in Horlivka in July 2015.