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Ukraine: Gongadze's widow to appeal to European rights court

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 27 June 2012
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June 27, 2012

The widow of murdered Ukrainian journalist Heorhiy Gongadze plans to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights after a top Ukrainian court threw out the investigation of former President Leonid Kuchma's involvement in the journalist's murder more than a decade ago.

Valentyna Telychenko, a lawyer representing Gongadze's widow, said Myroslava Gongadze would take the case to the Strasbourg-based European rights court.

Ukraine's Higher Special Court on June 26 upheld a lower court decision to drop charges against Kuchma.

Heorhiy Gongadze, an investigative journalist, disappeared in September 2000. His headless body was found two months later.

Kuchma, who was president from 1994 to 2005, was charged with exceeding his authority in issuing orders to his subordinates that ultimately led to Gongadze's killing.

Kuchma denies any involvement in the murder.

Based on reporting by Interfax and RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service

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