Accusations against Manger in Handzyuk case are political provocation

17:41 11.02.2019

The Prosecutor General’s Office has accused Vladyslav Manger of organizing the murder of activist Kateryna Handzyuk. Manger and nobody else. Not the regional management from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, not deputies from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, whose assistant gave the money to the perpetrators of the crime.

My team analyzed all five pages of the charges against Manger. There is no evidence of his involvement, just speculations by the prosecutor’s office. The same as in the former case against Yuriy Lutsenko, by the way….

This is obviously political provocation. Obviously this is how Poroshenko is fighting dirty for power. Obviously this is being done to place the blame for this horrendous crime on Batkivshchyna and free BPP from taking a blow. The person they are accusing has said he is innocent and is ready to prove this in court.

I demand that Yuriy Lutsenko, who openly supported Petro Poroshenko as a presidential candidate and publicly criticized other candidates, because of his obvious conflict of interest take a leave of absence for the period of the election campaign.

I demand that the Prosecutor General’s Office publicly announce the role of members of Poroshenko’s team Gordeev, Pyshchuk and Palamarchuk in the Handzyuk case.

I demand that the investigation be quick and unbiased, transparent and public. Only then can the power structures clear up the accusations in what is a politically motivated case.

I urge Petro Poroshenko to not use the power structures for his campaign and not fabricate criminal cases for political reasons.

People who claim to be leading Ukraine to Europe should adhere to democratic values and conduct elections honestly.

Yulia Tymoshenko