Body of Ukrainian journalist Gongadze finally buried

16:43, 22 March 2016
Ukraine
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The body of Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze was buried in Kyiv on March 22, almost 16 years after he was killed, according to Radio Liberty.

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Gongadze, who exposed high-level political corruption, was kidnapped in September 2000 and his decapitated body was later found outside Kyiv, RFE/RL reported.

Then-President Leonid Kuchma was accused of involvement in the murder based on audio recordings secretly made in his office.

Prosecutors charged Kuchma with involvement in the case in 2011, but a court dropped the charges later that year.

In 2008, three former police officers were sentenced to lengthy prison terms for killing Gongadze. In 2012, former top police official General Oleksiy Pukach received life in prison after being convicted of strangling Gongadze to death.

On Monday, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko handed the Gold Star of Hero of Ukraine over to the widow of a murdered Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze.

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