Andrea “Andy” Rocchelli è stato ucciso, insieme all’attivista dei diritti umani e interprete Andrei Mironov, il 24 Maggio 2014 nelle vicinanze della città di Sloviansk, in Ucraina, mentre documentava le condizioni dei civili intrappolati nel conflitto del Donbass. In questi mesi, nelle aule del Tribunale di Pavia, è in corso un processo che cerca di fare luce sugli avvenimenti di quel giorno.
The court deemed the investigation fully completed and rejected the defense’s request to visit the site where Andy and Andrey were killed. The indictment phase then commenced ( final statements delivered by the prosecutor, plaintiffs and defense).
The prosecutor brilliantly outlined the studied events, the examined evidences and the workflow of the inquiries. State prosecutor Mr Zanoncelli consciously did not profit from issues and elements that might harm Mr Markiv’s reputation while being not crucial for the purposes of the investigations.
The indictment covered the progress of the inquiries and thus confirmed once more the dynamic of the events ( Ukrainian soldiers deliberately targeted unarmed journalists), location and ballistic (mortar fire was shot from the Karachun Hill where the Ukrainian regular army was settled); composition of Ukrainian National Guard, roles and hierarchy; duties and position of the accused, Mr. Markiv (informer equipped with radio and throat mike, he used to keep under surveillance the spot where Andy was killed, Markiv provided the shooting coordinates to whom handled the mortars); further evidences ( wiretapping results, what Markiv’s chiefs and witnesses testified, Markiv’s own statements).
The state prosecutor hence ordered detention for a minimum time of 24 years, reduced to 16 due to Markiv’s young age and so far good behavior, increased to 17 as a consequence of the harm inflicted to the then photographer, French citizen William Roguelon.