Supreme Court to consider appeal of convict on Gongadze case

18:23, 12 May 2008
Ukraine
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The Supreme Court of Ukraine will examine the appeal of Mykola Protasov, who was sentenced on the Gongadze case.

      According to his lawyer Victor Chevguz, CCU will hold sitting on May 17.

      As UNIAN reported earlier, ending a trial begun in January 2006, a Kyiv court on March 17, 2008, found three former police officers – Mykola Protasov, Oleksandr Popovich and Valeri Kostenko – guilty of carrying out the 2000 murder of investigative journalist Georgiy Gongadze. As requested by prosecutors, Protasov was sentenced to 13 years in prison. The other two were sentenced to 12 years.

      The editor of the online newspaper Ukrainskaya Pravda, which he created in April 2000, Gongadze often wrote about cases of alleged corruption involving members of the Kuchma government. He was also an active campaigner for more press freedom in Ukraine. He was 31 years old when he was kidnapped on 16 September 2000. A headless body and a skull found near Kiev six weeks later were identified as his.

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