Gongadze Case to be Forwarded to Court Less Crime Initiators

KIEV, Ukraine -- The policemen detained in March of 2005 on suspicion of having murdered investigative journalist Georgy Gongadze have admitted guilt, announced Ukrainian Prosecutor General Svyatoslav Piskun. The prosecutors intend to forward the case to the court, although they have no evidence against crime initiators.

Prosecutor General Svyatoslav Piskun

It is not the first report of the prosecutor general to the president about Gongadze case. Piskun told Viktor Yushchenko as far back as two months ago that the killers had admitted guilt. On May 30, Yushchenko declared that investigators had found “vital evidence,” and it was particularly important to find General Alexey Pukach, former head of the criminal surveillance. Pukach, who is believed to have choked to death the reporter by using a belt, is on the wanted list from January 2005.

According to the recent statement of Piskun, “the accused pleaded guilt to the charge of murder. Acknowledgement of the guilt confirms that we are moving in the right direction.” The policemen “couldn’t have made it independently,” but investigation has not enough evidence against crime masterminds, Piskun pointed out, adding the prosecutors will forward the case to the court in July.

To add to detaining General Pukach, Ukrainian prosecutors want to interrogate Major Melnichenko, former bodyguard of former president of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma. Melnichenko has got political asylum in the United States and will hardly answer any of 92 questions made out by the prosecutors concerning Gongadze case.

Source: Kommersant