"The National Police of Ukraine conducted all the necessary investigation and tracking operations within the scope of their authority as part of the criminal case initiated into the murder of Kateryna Handziuk. In this regard, the Prosecutor General’s Office made a decision today, Oct. 5, to change the jurisdiction in the said criminal proceedings and put the SBU in charge of the investigation," Ukrainian Interior Ministry’s Communications Department said in a statement, Censor.NET reports.
The agency said this will provide an opportunity to unite the cases and investigate the crime from its plotting until the moment it was actually committed.
"It is worth reminding that the investigation aimed at identifying those who ordered the hit is carried out by the SBU on the initiative of the Prosecutor General’s Office," the law enforcement agency said.
Spokesperson for the prosecutor general, Larysa Sarhan, later confirmed this information. "The Prosecutor General’s Office made a decision to refer the case of Kateryna Handziuk, which was initially investigated by the National Police of the Kherson region, to the Main Investigative Directorate of the SBU currently involved in identifying the assassins’ paymasters. Two cases will be merged into one and investigated further to identify those who ordered Handziuk’s hit," Sarhan said.
As reported, 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.
On Aug. 2, she was urgently taken from Kherson to Kyiv by an air ambulance.
On Aug. 3, the law enforcers detained the person suspected of perpetrating attack on the activist.
She reportedly died of a blood clot in a Kyiv-based hospital on Nov. 4 after long treatment.