The Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine has called on the Ukrainian authorities to bring those who ordered journalist Georgiy Gongadze's murder to justice.
This was announced in a statement by the Delegation on Twitter on September 16.
"Remembering Ukrainian journalist Georgiy Gongadze abducted on this day 20 years ago. EU supports freedom of media as a key element of democracy all over the world. All those responsible for crimes against journalists must be brought to justice," it said.
Gongadze case: Key facts
- Georgiy Gongadze, a co-founder of the Ukrainian Pravda online outlet, went missing on September 16, 2000. In November of the same year, his decapitated body was found in a forest near the town of Tarashcha, Kyiv region. The remains of what prosecutors said could be Gongadze's skull were found in 2009, also in Kyiv region.
- On March 15, 2008, Kyiv's Court of Appeals found three former members of the Interior Ministry's Surveillance Department – Valery Kostenko, Mykola Protasov, and Oleksandr Popovych – guilty of Gongadze's murder. The court imprisoned them for 12 to 13 years.
- In January 2013, Police General Oleksiy Pukach, former chief of the Surveillance Department, was sentenced to life in prison for the journalist's murder.
- Georgiy Gongadze was buried in Kyiv on March 22, 2016.
- Those who ordered the murder remain unknown.