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03.03.2008

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The Kyiv Court of Appeal has again adjourned its hearing into the Gongadze case, this time until 11 March.

According to Myroslava Gongadze’s lawyer Valentyna Telychenko, Mykola Protasov did not appear today at the hearing on the grounds of health.  As reported, the hearing has already been adjourned twice for health reasons.

Mr Protasov’s lawyer had previously predicted that court would issue its ruling over the three men by 7 March.

The prosecution in the Gongadze case has asked the court to sentence three men to terms of imprisonment. According to Myroslava Gongadze’s lawyer Valentyna Telychenko, the sentences sought are 14 years for M. Protasov, 13 years for O. Popovych and 12 for V. Kostenko.  All those accused are former officers of a Ministry of Internal Affairs unit.  A fourth man – the former head of this unit, Oleksiy Lukach, is on the police wanted list.

It should be stressed that these men are charged with carrying out the murder.  We reported recently Valentyna Telychenko’s statement that she could see no real investigation being carried out into those who ordered the journalist’s killing in 2000.

Based on material at www.proua.com  

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