Ukrainian journalist's widow to seek justice in ECHR
KIEV, June 26 - RAPSI. Murdered Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze's widow may go to the European Court of Human Rights, claiming that her right to a fair trial has been violated.
Myroslava Gongadze claims that the Supreme Court of Ukraine violated her right to a fair trial when it upheld former President Leonid Kuchma’s acquittal of murder charges.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court turned down the Prosecutor General’s Office appeal and validated the appeals court's decision to clear Kuchma of charges of involvement in Gongadze’s murder in 2000.
The Prosecutor General's Office initiated a criminal case into the murder of Georgy Gongadze last spring and charged Kuchma with abuse of power and ordering high-ranking Interior Ministry officials to kill the journalist.
Gongadze's beheaded body was found in 2000 near Kiev. Shortly after, an audio recording was published of Kuchma giving orders to "deal with" the journalist.
The recording was allegedly made by security staff member Nikolai Melnichenko in Kuchma's office. The Prosecutor General's Office used the recording as evidence in its case.
However, the Pechorsky District Court in Kiev ruled that the recording cannot be used as evidence because it was obtained illegally. The case was dismissed and the court saw no substantial grounds for prosecution.
The Prosecutor General's Office believes former Interior Minister Yuri Kravchenko masterminded the murder.
Kravchenko committed suicide under strange circumstances following the Orange Revolution in early 2005. In his suicide note, he apologized to his family and wrote that he was a victim of Kuchma's political gambling.