Manher could again lead the Kherson regional council

The Shevchenkivsky district court in Kiev has refused to extend the suspension of the mandate of the chairman of the Kherson regional council, Vladyslav Manher, suspected of having organized the murder of activist Kateryna Handziuk.

Judge Natalia Prytula made such a decision on April 15, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Manher said he was happy with the decision.

The prosecution requested an extension of Manher’s suspension from office. Prosecutors stressed the risk of pressure on potential witnesses and the need for investigations and interrogations. However, the defense said Manher’s position does not involve influencing MPs.

Manher’s previous suspension warrant expired on April 6.

A Kherson city council worker, activist Kateryna Handziuk, was attacked with sulfuric acid on July 31, 2018. She suffered chemical burns and partially lost her sight. Handziuk underwent more than ten operations. She died on November 4.

On February 11, 2019, Attorney General Yuriy Lutsenko said that Manher had received a suspicion notice in the organization of Handziuk’s murder.

On February 15, the Shevchenkivsky District Court of Kyiv chose for Manher the measure of restraint in the form of detention with the possibility of posting bail in the amount of 2.497 million UAH. Bail was paid by his attorney.

On March 21, the Kyiv Court of Appeal upheld the decision to suspend Manher from his position as chairman of the Kherson Regional Council until April 6, 2019.

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Elna M. Lemons