Gongadze Case: Court should call back a number of witnesses
Valentina Telychenko, the lawyer representing Myroslava Gongadze, widow of the murdered journalist, is asking the court to bring back for further questioning a number of prosecution witnesses in the Pukach trial Ms Telychenko expressed regret that the trial of the former police general who is charged with Georgy Gongadze’s murder is taking place behind closed doors.
Ms Telychenko said that on Thursday she lodged the relevant application with the list of witnesses she wishes to question again at present standing at 11, although the list is likely to grow. She explained that the witnesses had been questioned by the prosecution however there were certain circumstances which needed to be established through questioning. She said that the court had taken the application and announced a break until 21 September.
Oleksy Pukach was head of the Interior Ministry Department of External Surveillance in September 2000 when journalist Georgy Gongadze was abducted and murdered. Three of his subordinates are presently serving sentences over the murder. Pukach had long been in hiding.
There is no progress in official attempts to establish who ordered the killing nor in bringing them to justice.
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