"The sources familiar with the matter have told Censor.NET that Ivan Bubenchyk will be granted immunity from the criminal prosecution today and cleared of charges of premeditated murder of Berkut soldiers on the Maidan. As is known, the Special Investigations Department initiated a criminal case against Bubenchyk under article 115 – premeditated murder committed in collusion with other persons – in violation of the law on amnesty granted to the Euromaidan participants. This article does not actually fall under the amnesty law. But there was no reason to bring charges against Bubenchyk under this article either because he had legitimate grounds to come to the Maidan where he was attacked by the law enforcers and acted within the limits of justifiable defense. Therefore, it is expected that Bubenchyk will be brought the new charges against, this time under article 348 - murder of a law enforcement officer or a serviceman in connection with one’s actions," Censor.NET Chief Editor Yuri Butusov wrote on social media.
The journalist also recalled that Article 348 falls under amnesty.
"Moreover, there is currently no evidence that would allow us to conclude that it was Bubenchyk who pulled the trigger on the Maidan. Therefore, People's Hero Ivan Bubenchyk must be completely cleared today," he added.
On April 3, the law enforcers detained Maidan activist, People's Hero of Ukraine, ex-soldier of Dnipro-1 battalion Ivan Bubenchyk on charges of the murder of Berkut riot police officers on Kyiv’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti in February 2014.
On April 5, the PGO revoked motion on pretrial restriction against Bubenchyk.