Prosecutor’s Office Continues Persecution of Murdered Journalist 11:54, 19/10/2005
The son of the journalist Veranika Charkasava (Cherkasova), who was killed on October 20 last year, Anton Filimonau, is still subpoenaed to appear as a witness. The BelaPAN was informed about that by Veranika Charkaasava’s mother Diana Charkasava. On October 18 D.Charkasava and A.Filimonau were summoned by the head of investigation department investigator for particularly important cases of the Minsk Prosecutor’s office Viktar Feshchanka. “He said that there cannot say anything consolatory for us,” D.Charkasava said. “The Prosecutor’s office still has questions to Anton. The investigator told about the results of the expert examination, which show that the son can be implicated in the crime. It is very strange that these results are informed only now, after a year, though the examination was a complex one. But even if there is some coincidence, it does not proof anything”.
The question concerns DNA examination of blood traces found at a kitchen table during the search in the V.Charkasava apartment on the day of murder. According to the information of the BelaPAN, A.Filimonov and Uladzimir Myaleshka, the husband of D.Charkasava, insisted that these blood traces were sampled and studied by experts.
D.Charkasava believes that the summons to the Prosecutor’s office before the day of the murder one year ago is not accidental. “They are to say something and to show some results before this date. There would be articles in the media for sure, and it is possible this subpoena is intended to change their key”.
As said by D.Charkasava, after a visit to the investigator her grandchild is crushed.
Late at night on October 20 a body of Veranika Charkasava was found in her apartment with numerous knife stabs. Her son and stepfather were suspects in the criminal case. On April 18 criminal prosecution of A.Filimonov and U. Myaleshka was stopped because “satisfactory proofs of their implication in the crime were not found”, and “all possibilities for collecting additional proofs have been exhausted”.