Israel Refuses Extradition In Ukraine Murder

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's prosecutor general says Israel is refusing to extradite a former presidential bodyguard charged with abuse of office after claiming his boss plotted the murder of an investigative journalist.

Mykola Melnychenko

Mykola Melnychenko released tapes in which former President Leonid Kuchma is allegedly heard conspiring against Heorhiy Gongadze, who exposed high-level corruption.

Gongadze's beheaded body was found in a forest outside Kiev in November 2000.

A Ukrainian court cleared Kuchma of involvement last year, while Melnychenko was charged with abuse of office and divulging state secrets, prompting him to flee to Israel.

Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka told the Interfax news agency Friday that Israel has refused to extradite Melnychenko.

Source: AP


Anonymous said…
Who could reasonably expect him to return to Ukraine? After all, the government is using the excuse of "state secrets" in going after him and the so-called justice system has been exposed for the farce it is by the Tymoshenko affair...