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Court Orders Resumption of Probe Into 1999 Death Of Ukrainian Politician

The Kyiv Regional Court of Appeals has ordered prosecutors to resume an investigation into the death of a Ukrainian politician 15 years ago.

The April 24 ruling annuls a January decision by a district court to close the case.

Vyacheslav Chornovil, who was campaigning for president against the then-incumbent, Leonid Kuchma, died in a 1999 car crash.

The Interior Ministry initially determined that the wreck was "accidental." But Chornovil's relatives challenged the official version, and a new investigation was opened in 2011.

Chornovil's family says it wants the case to be redesignated as a murder investigation. Chornovil's son, Taras, says the family believes documents and other evidence exists showing that the death was not accidental.

Based on reporting by UNIAN and Interfax