Ukraine: Ukraine: killing of lawyer sparks protests against ‘criminal system’

January 4, 2018

Iryna Nozdrovska, whose body was discovered on 1 January, disappeared days after helping to block release from jail of nephew of a judge


Protesters demand a fair investigation into the death of Iryna Nozdrovska.

The brutal killing of a human rights lawyer in Kiev has sparked widespread anger and protests amid allegations of entrenched corruption within the Ukrainian justice system.

Iryna Nozdrovska’s body was discovered in a river by a passerby in a northern Kiev suburb on 1 January. The 38-year-old lawyer, who had been reported missing on 29 December, had suffered multiple stab wounds, according to reports. “There was such anger, such hatred [in the attack],” her daughter, Anastasiya, told Ukrainian media.

The Ukrainian foreign minister, Pavlo Klimkin, has described the murder as a “challenge to the state” and the case as “a test of our society’s ability to protect female activists and to ensure justice as a whole”.

The US embassy in Ukraine expressed shock over the killing and said those responsible for Nozdrovska’s death must be brought to justice. (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS)


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