Tuesday, September 02, 2014


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Ukraine's Gongadze To Be Buried, 14 Years After His Murder

Journalist Heorhiy Gongadze was kidnapped and killed in 2000.
Journalist Heorhiy Gongadze was kidnapped and killed in 2000.
The wife of assassinated Ukrainian journalist Heorhiy Gongadze says he will be buried this year, 14 years after his murder.

Ukrainian media quoted Myroslava Gongadze on January 16 as saying that her husband's body will be buried this year, though no date was given.

Gongadze, who exposed high-level political corruption, was kidnapped in September 2000 and his decapitated body was later found outside Kyiv.

Then-President Leonid Kuchma was accused of involvement in the murder based on audio recordings secretly made in his office.

Prosecutors charged Kuchma with involvement in the case in 2011, but a court dropped the charges later that year.

In 2008, three former police officers were sentenced to lengthy prison terms for killing Gongadze.

A year ago, former top police official General Oleksiy Pukach received life in prison after being convicted of strangling Gongadze to death.

Based on reporting by Segondya.ua and Zn.ua

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