Vitaly Markivka: Espreso.TV / YouTube
Court in the Italian city of Pavia has sentenced a Ukrainian national guardsman Vitaly Marcia to 24 years in prison for his involvement in the deaths of Italian photojournalist Andrea Rockelli in the Donbas in may 2014. It is reported by Rai News.
Prosecutors asked for the 29-year-old Marcia a total of 17 years in prison: 16 years due to the lack of a criminal record and his good conduct during the arrest, plus a year for the violation of the killing of the French reporter who was in the combat zone along with Rochelle. The defence requested complete acquittal, insisting that the Ukrainian has not committed any crime. He was the only defendant in this case.
It is noted that before sentencing Markiv suddenly made a statement. He pointed out that innocent and believe in the Italian justice. “I am a soldier who always honorably served their country,” said the man.
The TV channel “Gromadske” reports that Marcia was also ordered to pay compensation to the family of the deceased. The national guardsman’s lawyer called the verdict absurd. The head of the MIA of Ukraine Arsen Avakov said that the decision will be appealed.
31-year-old Rochelle was known photo reports from places of military operations.
Senior Sergeant Marcia Deputy platoon commander of the first battalion operational purpose of the National guard name Kulchytsky, was detained June 30, 2017 in Italy. According to investigators, he commanded the Ukrainian military, from the positions which the mortar attack was carried out, which resulted in the death of Roselli and his translator, Russian human rights activist Andrei Mironov. At the same time was wounded and their French colleague.
The Ukrainian side claimed that the men died as a result of shelling by Russian forces. In machardie said that in 2014 the battalion of Kulchitsky in stock was not a single mortar.
Earlier it was reported that Marcia have citizenship and Italy, and Ukraine. He went to Kiev in 2013 for participation in protests on the Maidan, and later joined the volunteer battalion of the National guard and went to fight in the Donbass.
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