Another suspected attacker on journalist Chornovil detained, say police

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Dec. 25, 2013, 10:43 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Law enforcers have detained another man allegedly involved in an attack on journalist Tetiana Chornovil, Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko has said. In picture, several hundred people protest the beating and demand action outside the Interior Ministry.
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   Law enforcers have detained another man allegedly involved in an attack on journalist Tetiana Chornovil, Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko has said.

"Three people who were involved in the attack on the social activist have been identified. Two of them were arrested. Investigative actions are being conducted with them," the ministry's public relations department quoted Zakharchenko as saying.

According to him, the police are also trying to establish a motive for the attack on Chornovil and are searching for the third person involved in the crime.

"I personally control the investigation into an assault on Tetiana Chornovil. We have developed a strong investigative team made up of the best investigators and employees of operational units," the interior minister said.

It is regrettable that law enforcement officials could not study the video record from Chornovil's car immediately, however three individuals involved in the beating were identified in less than 24 hours, the minister said.

"The Interior Ministry is interested that all persons involved in this crimes are found and detained as quickly as possible in order to establish the events of this night and to hold responsible those guilty," the Interior Ministry said.

Earlier, the police reported the arrest of one of the suspects of an attack on Chornovil.

As reported, journalist Chornovil was beaten in Kyiv region in the early hours of Wednesday.

According to police, Chornovil was driving her car when she was cut off by a dark-colored car. Unidentified individuals pulled the journalist out of the car and beat her up, throwing her car into a ditch.

Criminal proceedings were opened into the incident.

Chornovil is a well-known journalist and social activist who published a series of investigative materials concerning incumbent high-ranking officials.

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