New charge against the defendants in the Gongadze case
Three men accused of killing the journalist Georgy Gongadze are facing a new charge of causing significant damage to the image of the country and its law enforcement agencies.
This was announced by Myroslava Gongadzes lawyer Valentyna Telychenko on Monday 14 January. She said that the relevant application from the prosecutors office had been accepted at the latest session of the panel of judges of the Kyiv Court of Appeal. The new charge is based on Article 166 § 1 of the Criminal Code ((abuse of official position causing significant damage to the State or public interest). The justification given was that the actions the defendants are accused of “had caused damage to the image of the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies and the country as a whole”.
Ms Telychenko reported that the next hearing was scheduled for 24 January, with the break being needed so that the defendants and their lawyers could examine the new charge, and in order that Georgy Gongadzes mother could be informed of the change.
The three men are all former Ministry of Internal Affairs officers who are accused of killing Georgy Gongadze in 2000. A fourth man accused of the crime is on the run.
The court examination of the case by the Kyiv Court of Appeal began two years ago, on 9 January 2006.
Last hearing in the Gongadze case
Lesya Gongadze: Try those who ordered my sons death
For the (dismal) record
“Mere pretence of an investigation into who ordered Gongadzes killing
Prosecutor wants 12 to 14 years for those accused of killing Georgy Gongadze
Gongadze case yet again put on hold
The Gongadze Case: Yet another investigative experiment
Georgy Gongadze and other journalists remembered in Kyiv
Remembering Georgy Gongadze – events in Kyiv
Yet more delays in the Gongadze murder trial
Civic organizations call on Yushchenko to withdraw his recent award to Mykhailo Potebenko
IFJ Urges Ukraine to Withdraw Honour for Prosecutor Who Botched Investigation of Journalists Murder
Gongadzes widow outraged by recent honour to Potebenko
Prosecutor General is beginning the Gongadze investigation from scratch
Council of Europe reminds Yushchenko of his promise