This is an unusual arrest which has just taken place in Ukraine. A former foreign minister was arrested on Wednesday by police. The latter suspects him of having shot dead in his villa last month an important entrepreneur, announced the Interior Ministry. Leonid Kojara, 57, had led Ukrainian diplomacy from December 2012 to February 2014 under the Prorussian President Viktor Yanukovich, ousted from power by a pro-European uprising.
A crime made up in suicide
The former diplomat is suspected of the premeditated murder of his friend Serguiï Starytsky, 56, a manager of an advertising group and ex-director of the Prorussian television channel Inter, found dead at the home of Leonid Kojara near Kiev on 21 last February. The victim was shot in the head with a pistol belonging to the ex-minister, police said. Leonid Kojara and his wife, who were both at home at the time of the tragedy, said that Serguiï Starytsky committed suicide after walking away in a separate room. The investigation, however, “concluded that he could not have successfully killed himself,” said Deputy Interior Minister Anton Guerachtchenko.
Police also said a “fight followed by a fight” broke out between Leonid Kojara and his guest on the day of his death, “during the consumption of alcoholic beverages.” During the clash, the former diplomat took his pistol and opened fire on the contractor, the source said.
Police also released photos of the former minister’s arrest where he can be seen wearing a surgical mask due to the coronavirus pandemic. He faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.