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Gongadze murder: Material on Kravchenko returned to the Prosecutor General


According to Valentina Telychenko, the lawyer representing Myroslava Gongadze, the court has sent the material in the trial against Oleksy Pukach concerning former Minister of Internal Affairs Yury Kravchenko  back to the Prosecutor General’s Office for further investigation. The prosecution had sought this solution, whereas the lawyers representing Georgy’s mother and his wife and children had asked for the entire case to be returned.

“We now effectively have Pukach accused of a motiveless crime which is, by definition, impossible. The motives should be established and proven. One way or another, sooner or later the charges against Pukach need to be changed”, Ms Telychenko said.

In her opinion a change will carry the need to return the case for investigation, other wise the right to defence woutld be violated. 

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