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14th and 21st June: hearing in the Court

June 14th

The conclusive speeches of the accuse were delivered by the lawyers of Andy’s family, Press Federation and Cesura.

These joined the request pronounced by state prosecutor Andrea Zanoncell concerning Markiv’s detention and outlined the reasons that proved him guilty beyond any reasonable doubt. The lawyers mostly quoted the declarations given by the defense’s witnesses throughout the court hearings and confirmed the conclusions drawn by the power of attorney.

Family’s lawyer Alessandra Ballerini depicted the political context of Slaviansk and described Andy’s method as professional photoreporter.

The charges against the Ukrainian state as civil responsible of the double murder are necessarily tied to a request of refund; the amount due has been calculated according to the international law, and consists of: € 1.000.000,00 for Andy’s parents and sister, € 800.000, 00 for his partner and kid, € 15.000, 00 for Cesura.

June 21st

Conclusive speeches delivered by defense’s lawyers:

Lawyer Bertolini, representing the Ukrainian state: he declared unreliable the recount of what happened on May 24th 2014 reported by the witness William Roguelon. The lawyer therefore stated that a clear dynamic of the events cannot be reconstructed, although the origin of the mortar fire shot from the Ukrainian side has been proved long time ago. Lawyer Bertolini also claimed the Ukraininan inquiries are solid proofs (90% of the interviewed witnesses wasn’t aware of the murder or was somewhere else on May 24th) .

Lawyer Della Valle, representing the indicted soldier Markiv: the lawyer delivered a colorful 7 hours long speech that could be sum up as follows:

  • William Roguelon’s version is not valid;

  • all digital proofs are not reliable, including the selfie videos and pictures showing Markiv on Karachun hill, where the attack came from. Also all geo-referentiated data are not valid, i.e. Google maps excerpts, gps coordinated etc. (“stop with these computers!”)

  • unclear overlapping of two identities: the taxi driver and the so-called 5th man were mistakenly mentioned as the same person;

  • Markiv didn’t use guns nor mortars (he isn’t accused of shooting but rather of contributing to Andy’s death by informing the soldiers who manouvred the mortars via radio and throat mike).

Among the frequent quotations, Mr Della Valle mentioned Hobbes, Patti Pravo, Richard Gere and Totò.

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