Court upholds life sentence for Gongadze’s murder

Source : 112 Ukraine

Now the verdict is not subject to appeal
16:45, 2 July 2021

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The Supreme Court of Ukraine has upheld the verdict of former police lieutenant general Oleksiy Pukach, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of investigative reporter Georgiy Gongadze, as Telegram channel Klymenko Time reports.

It is noted that Pukach asked to replace his sentence with 15 years in prison, hoping for a second consideration in the appeal. Now the verdict is not subject to appeal.

Related: U.S. Embassy reminds of cold cases about Gongadze and Sheremeta

On January 29, the Pechersky District Court found the Interior Ministry's former surveillance department chief, General Oleksiy Pukach, guilty of personally strangling Gongadze to death. Pukach was also stripped of his rank.

Gongadze, who exposed high-level corruption, was kidnapped in September 2000 and his decapitated body was found outside Kyiv several months later.

As we reported earlier, the Shevchenkivskyi District Court of Kyiv city released the accused in the case of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet Andriy Antonenko under the round-the-clock home arrest.

According to the court decision, Antonenko must wear an electronic bracelet. It is noted that the defense team of the accused man requested a change the measure of restraint to the security detention on recognizance or bail. Three statements on vouch for Antonenko were attached to the case.

Related: Second cousin of killed Ukrainian journalist Gongadze died in Donbas


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