"Dear journalists! Due to a great interest in the statement of the Kherson Regional Council Head Vladyslav Manher on the involvement of the SBU department head Danylo Dotsenko in Kateryna Handziuk murder, I declare: Manher, who is reasonably suspected of arranging the murder, made a statement, which is not just surprising, but outrageous. It is absurd, groundless and libelous.
"I assume, it was his attempt to mitigate a great amount of evidence against him gathered by the SBU and to transfer the case to different law enforcement authority," said Hitlianska.
As reported, Viktor Handziuk, the father of the murdered activist Kateryna Handziuk, accused head of the Kherson Regional Council Vladyslav Manher and head of the Kherson Regional State Administration Andrii Hordieiev in close cooperation with the criminal authority Moskal, who is suspected of organizing the murder.
Kherson City Council executive officer, Kateryna Handziuk, who tried to deal with local separatists and harshly criticized the authorities, namely the law enforcement officials, was doused with acid in Kherson early on July 31.
Aug. 2, she was urgently taken from Kherson to Kyiv by an air ambulance.
Aug. 3, the police detained a person suspected of perpetrating attack on the activist.
Nov. 4, Handziuk reportedly died of a blood clot in a Kyiv-based hospital after long treatment.