Pshonka: Israel does not agree to extradite Major Melnychenko to Ukraine
As reported, journalist Georgy Gongadze went missing in Kyiv on Sept.16, 2000. A decapitated corpse was found in a forest outside of Kyiv in November 2000, and experts concluded later that it could have been Gongadze's. Remains of a skull were found in the Kyiv region in 2009, and the Prosecutor General's Office later declared it was the journalist's.
In November 2000, Melnychenko published audio recordings allegedly made in the office of President Leonid Kuchma. The recordings implicated Kuchma and several other high-ranking officials in putting pressure on journalists, parliamentary deputies and judges over Gongadze's murder.
A criminal case was opened against Melnychenko regarding the leaking of state secrets, abuse of office and the use of forged documents.
On Oct.14, 2011, the Prosecutor General's Office said that Melnychenko twice attempted to leave Ukrainian territory and that on Sept. 23, 2011, an SBU investigator issued a resolution to put him on the wanted list.
On Oct. 18, 2011, Shevchenkivsky District Court in Kyiv ordered the arrest of Melnychenko as he is hiding from investigation.
Melnychenko currently stays in Israel.
A criminal case was opened against Kuchma on March 21, 2011. He is charged with abuse of power and official authority, which subsequently led to the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze (Part 3, Article 166 of the 1960 Criminal Code).
On Dec.13, 2011, Kyiv's Pechersky District Court cancelled an order by the Prosecutor General's Office to open a criminal case against Ukraine's second president (1994-2005) Leonid Kuchma on suspicion of his involvement in the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze.
On Jan.20, 2012, Kyiv's Court of Appeals upheld the decision not to start a criminal case against Kuchma, related to his suspected involvement in the killing of Gongadze.
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