Almost 8 months have passed since the murder of well-known Dnipropetrovsk environmentalist Volodymyr Honcharenko and there has been no progress in finding his killers. The dangerous scrap metal load he reported 4 days before his death has vanished, and the promised test results have not eventuated.
The Desnyansky District Court in Kyiv has once again ordered that the criminal case into the death of Ihor Indylo, the young student who died in police custody in the early hours of 18 May 2010 be passed to the Prosecutor’s Office for further investigation.
The First Deputy Prosecutor General has stated that the Prosecutor’s Office has sufficient evidence to prove that former President Leonid Kucham was involved in the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze
Myroslava Gongadze’s appeal asserts that the pre-trial and court examinations were incomplete and failed to fully establish the motives for the killing. Pukach said in his final words that Kuchma and Lytvyn should have been on trial with him, but that the court hadn’t wanted to hear the truth
On Tuesday, former Police General Oleksy Pukach was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze. His final words to the court were that he would agree if Kuchma and Lytvyn were on trial with him. He had told everything, he said, but nobody in the court wanted to know
The Kyiv Prosecutor’s Office informs that the criminal case into the death of Ihor Indylo, the young student who died in police custody in May 2010 has been sent for a new court examination, and not the further investigation consistently sought by Ihor’s family and civic groups
Not unexpectedly, the Prosecutor General’s Office has intervened and revoked the indictment for alleged divulgence of state secrets in the criminal case against former Kuchma Guard Mykola Melnychenko and "sent it for further examination"
The source of tapes which seem to implicate Kuchma, Lytvyn and others in the murder of Georgy Gongadze is claiming that Valentina Telychenko’s statement that he refuses to answer questions about the tapes’ authenticity is defamatory
The first murder of an online journalist 12 years ago should alarm all reporters everywhere. And the threat of retaliation for critical work, the possibility of violence, and the likelihood of impunity should bring journalists of all kinds together, whether or not they work online
Ukraine’s leaders’ faith in the power of committees is misguided. If they are still offered as a panacea for all Ukraine’s democratic aches and pains, then presumably those in the frontline of criticism have no other ammunition. Or hope they can make it to cover before being exposed.
When Roman Shubin, the deputy prosecutor of Vinnytska Oblast who had worked on the Gongadze case, and Yushchenko’s poisoning, died on September 23 in a car crash, some people immediately suspected foul play
The authorities have not only failed to investigate the hazardous chemical contamination which civic activist Volodymyr Honcharenko warned about 4 days before he was murdered, but have misled the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee leaving Ukrainian NGOs with no choice but to set the record straight
On Sunday evening people gathered to remember Georgy Gongadze and other Ukrainian journalists killed. They lit candles which burned in boxes with the names of the journalists. These were burned at the end symbolizing a funeral pyre for freedom of speech in Ukraine.
A few years ago the most striking illustration of the problems of Ukraine’s justice system was the Gongadze case however now there are a lot of other cases which also demonstrate a power elite controlling the justice system and the law enforcement
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
It is manifestly clear that any attempts to conceal information about the contaminated scrap metal that Volodymyr Honcharenko reported could adversely affect the investigation into the murder of this well-known civic and environmental activist.