Judge who handled murder case of Pavel Sheremet found dead near Kyiv

The body of the judge of the Kyiv Court, Vitaly Pisanets, was found on September 11 in the village of Pogreby, Brovary district, according to the press service of the Kyiv region police.

Vitaly Pisanets, the judge who prosecuted the murder of Pavel Sheremet. Photo: UNIAN

Vitaly Pisanets was one of the judges handling the murder case of Belarusian journalist Pavel Sheremet in July 2016. Pisanets considered a petition to extend the measure of restraint for the suspects in the case: Yulia Kuzmenko, Andrei Antonenko, and Yana Dugar.

According to hromadske.ua, citing its own sources, the deceased judge was drinking alcohol together with a representative of the National Police, Eugene Khomenko, and a military pensioner P. Onopenko. A quarrel broke out between Pisants and Khomenko, and a fight ensued. The judge slipped and fell on the floor. Khomenko and Onopenko called an ambulance, but Pisants could not be saved.

A criminal case was instigated for premeditated murder. The cause of death will be determined by expert examinations. The case is being handled by the Ukrainian State Bureau of Investigation.