15.12.2010 12:47

Ex-deputy Lozinsky ready to participate in open court proceedings to prove his innocence


Former Ukrainian MP Viktor Lozinsky, who has been charged with the murder of a resident of Kirovohrad region, has said he is ready to participate in open court proceedings in order to prove his innocence.

"I'll be happy to participate in the trial and insist on an open process. I think that two or three meetings will be enough, and you'll see that this [accusation against me] is a 'soap bubble' that was created due to political expediency," he told reporters during a break in a court meeting on Tuesday.

When asked why, in this case, he hid from the investigators, Lozinsky said: "All the time I was in Ukraine, and I was repeatedly moving across Ukraine."

An Interfax-Ukraine reporter said that on Tuesday, December 14, the Dniprovsky District Court of Kyiv had started preliminary hearings on charges brought against Lozinsky, the former prosecutor of the Holovanivsk district, Yevhen Horbenko, and the former chief of the district police department, Mykhailo Kovalsky, regarding the killing of a 55-year-old resident of Kirovohrad region, Valeriy Oliynyk.

As reported, on June 16, 2009, Valeriy Oliynyk, a 55-year-old resident of Kirovohrad region, died following an incident involving Lozinsky, Horbenko, and Kovalsky.

On July 3, the Ukrainian parliament took away the deputy immunity of Lozinsky at his own request. The former MP was put on the wanted list. On March 1, 2010, the law enforcement authorities detained Lozinsky in Kyiv. A pre-trial investigation on the case has been completed.

Lozinsky has been in hospital since October 18 suffering from a heart complaint. 

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