As reported by a correspondent for Censor.NET from the courtroom, Krysin said at the very start of the hearing that he failed to sign a contract with his lawyer and therefore there was no one to defend him.
However, the prosecutor and the victims’ attorney said that Krysin and his defense delayed signing of the contract with a lawyer intentionally since they knew about the contract expiry long before, and moreover, they met with Krysin during the hearing on another case against him on March 29.
As a result, the court ruled to reschedule the hearing for 4 p.m. on May 2 while Krysin was provided with a public defender. The new defender should have enough time to get familiar with the case files.
Krysin said after the hearing that he intended to waive the public defender provided to him.
However, Prosecutor Donskoi rejected such a possibility arguing that Krysin was going to drag out the hearing in such a manner. He also said that the lawyers defending Krysin in other cases, where he is charged with abduction, beating and torturing Euromaidan activists and remanded in pretrial custody on March 29, should have been aware of Veremii’s murder case.
On Dec. 22, 2017, the Shevchenkivskyi district court of Kyiv sentenced Yurii Krysin to a two-year suspended sentence for leading a group of individuals who attacked the journalist Veremii. He faces a four-year prison term in case of breaching probation conditions.
Veremii was killed on the night of Feb. 19, 2014. He was riding home by a taxi when spotted several armed individuals wearing military uniforms and masks (hired thugs often referred to as titushky – Ed.) at the corner of Volodymyrska and Velyka Zhytomyrska streets. Titushky started crashing the taxi, pulled the driver and the passengers out after the journalist tried to make a picture of them. The driver and another passenger managed to escape after being beaten while Veremii was severely beaten, shot at and received a bullet in the back. He was taken to the intensive care unit but later died during surgery on Feb. 19 over blood loss and severe injuries.
On Sept. 18, 2015, PGO’s Special Investigations Directorate Chief Serhii Horbatiuk said that Veremii was murdered by Jalal Aliyev. According to unconfirmed reports, the murderer joined the militants of the self-styled "Donetsk People’s Republic" and was killed in Horlivka in July 2015.