A regular meeting is taking place in the city of Pavia (Italy) on May 17. Witnesses of the defense Acting Commander of the National Guard of Ukraine Mykola Balan and four fellow-guardsmen of Markiv will be interrogated
Avakov will be present in the courtroom to support Markiv and will provide the necessary evidence of his innocence," the report says.
As reported, Markiv, a citizen of Ukraine and Italy, was detained in Italy on June 30, 2017, on suspicion of murdering Italian photojournalist Rocchelli near Sloviansk, Donetsk region in May 2014.
Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov repeatedly declared that the charges of Markiv were groundless: "Markiv is unjustifiably accused of the murder of Rocchelli, who illegally arrived at ORDLO and was killed by separatists."