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The Ukrainian official was charged with acid killing



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Media Caption Kateryna Handzyuk Dies after Taking a Defiant Anti-Corruption Video

Ukrainian prosecutors have sentenced a high-ranking local official for a fatal acid attack on a celebrity anti-corruption activist.

The agony of Kateryna Handzyuk, 33, shocked Ukraine. She died in November after more than ten operations on her burns. She was attacked in July.

Vladyslav Manger, chairman of the regional council of Kherson in South Ukraine, was charged with murder.

His lawyer said there was no evidence against his client.

Five more suspects are put in detention.

Larisa Sargan, spokeswoman for the Ukrainian Attorney General, said that Mr. Manger is due to appear before a judge in Kiev on Tuesday to face an arrest warrant.

The prosecution accuses Mr. Manger of ordering the murder. personal guilt against illegal logging in the region. "A guilty verdict could send him to jail for life."

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The appalling attack sparked grief for Handzyuk

Investigators raided Mr. Manger's home on Monday. His lawyer Dmitry Ilchenko said, "the prosecution has not presented any evidence to the indictment."

Mr. Manger denies knowing Handzyuk personally or having any ties. He told a TV station that he was "ready to answer any question from the investigators" and that he would "go nowhere and cooperate fully with the investigation."

Two other suspects ̵

1; Sergei Torbin and Nikita Grabchuk – are in custody and three more are being placed under house arrest.

Human rights activists claim that more than 50 attacks on anti-corruption fighters were carried out in the Ukraine last year, including five murders.


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