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Suspect in Kherson activist's murder case detained in Bulgaria

Suspect in Kherson activist's murder case detained in Bulgaria
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Oleksiy Levin, the suspected organiser of the acid attack on Kherson activist Kateryna Handzyuk, has been detained. He was hiding abroad, the Prosecutor-General's Office has said.

"Just now, Bulgarian law-enforcement officers, together with representatives of the Prosecutor-General's Office and the Security Service of Ukraine have detained Oleksiy Moskalenko (Levin) in Bulgaria. He is wanted on suspicion of involvement in the attack on Kateryna Handzyuk," the statement reads.

On 21 January, the court again arrested Ihor Pavlovskyy, who is believed to be involved in Handzyuk's case. He was detained in Kherson on 20 January.

Kateryna Handzyuk was doused with concentrated sulphuric acid outside her house in Kherson on 31 July 2019. On 4 November, she died in a hospital. On the same day, the police requalified the case as accomplished murder.

Serhiy Torbin, Viktor Horbunov, Volodymyr Vasyanovych, Vyacheslav Vyshnevskyy and Mykyta Hrabchuk were convicted on charges of attacking Handzyuk. Ihor Pavlovskyy, whom the investigation considers to be an intermediary between the customers and the perpetrators of the murder, is being investigated separately.

The suspects in ordering and organising the attack are Vladyslav Manher and Oleksiy Levin. Their case was suspended in connection after Levin was put on a wanted list.

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