Kateryna Handzyuk acid attack murder: political chief charged with organising killing

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By Chris Harris  with AFP
Credit: Transparency International Ukraine / Kateryna Handzyuk's family
Credit: Transparency International Ukraine / Kateryna Handzyuk's family

A regional political chief has been charged in relation to a deadly acid attack on an anti-corruption activist in Ukraine.

Vladyslav Manger, president of the Kherson regional parliament, is accused of organising the murder of Kateryna Handzyuk.

Handzyuk, 33, died in November, three months after being attacked with sulfuric acid in Kherson last July.

She posted a video in September urging Ukrainians to fight corruption saying “I know I look bad now… but I look better than justice in Ukraine.”

Kherson Acid Victim Says Attack Was “Assassination Attempt”

An assailant poured acid on her head. But Kateryna Handziuk is staying strong and has a powerful message for her fellow Ukrainians trying to fight corruption. Update: Unfortunately, Kateryna passed away on November 4 because of the injuries sustained in the attack. We would like to send our deepest condolences to her relatives and friends.

Publiée par Hromadske International sur Mercredi 26 septembre 2018

Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine’s general prosecutor, published the charge sheet on his Facebook page.

The official text says Manger — a member of the same political party as ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko — had “personal animosity” towards the victim.