Court hearing in Pukach trial postponed



The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv where the trials are taking place of Yulia Tymoshenko and Yury Lutsenko has postponed the hearing in the trial of former Police General Oleksy Pukach till 28 July. Pukach, who was on the wanted list for many years, is charged with his role in the murder of Georgy Gongadze in September 2000.

Valentina Telychenko, who is representing Gongadze’s widow, told journalists of the deferment. She said it was due to the absence of Andriy Fedur, who is representing Lesya Gongadze, the journalist’s mother and of any confirmation that he had been properly notified. Apparently access to state secrets for Podolsky, who is a victim in this case, is also not ready.

The Prosecutor General’s Office passed the indictment against Pukach on 31 March and passed it to the court.

At the beginning of April, the Prosecutor General’s Office terminated the criminal investigation against former Minister of Internal Affairs Yury Kravchenko whom the investigators had claimed ordered the killing (Kravchenko supposedly killed himself with two bullets to the head in early 2005 – translator) and passed the case of Pukach to the court on charges under Article 365 § 2, 364 § 3 of the Ukrainian Criminal Code, as well as 166 § 3 and two items of Article 93 from the 1960 Criminal Code.

The statement from the GPO then stated that Pukach had carried out the instructions of Kravchenko and other officials and had in May – September 2000 “exceeded his power and official powers with regard to the civic figure Oleksy Podolsky and journalist Georgy Gongadze, and had on 17 September 2000 murdered the latter”.  He is also accused of giving unlawful instructions to other police officers

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