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Melnychenko's lawyer: Court may cancel criminal case against Kuchma on Dec. 7

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Dec. 5, 2011, 8:22 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Mykola Nedilko, the lawyer of the former major of the State Department of Guards, Mykola Melnychenko, says that on Dec. 7 Kyiv's Pechersky District Court might cancel the criminal case against Second Ukrainian President (1994-2005) Leonid Kuchma. "According to the summons received by Melnychenko's lawyer Pavlo Sychov, on Dec. 7 at 14.00 Pechersky District Court will start a hearing on a complaint of Kuchma's lawyers. I think this means that the complaint will be satisfied. This means that an instruction of First Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin on the opening of the criminal case against Leonid Danylovych Kuchma will be cancelled, and the complaint will be satisfied," Nedilko said, while commenting on reports that Pechersky Court was planning to consider an appeal from Kuchma's defense team.

The lawyer also said that the authors of the appeal summoned former Verkhovna Rada Chairman and the leader of the Socialist Party of Ukraine Oleksandr Moroz to the hearing.

As reported, 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).

Tapes secretly recorded by Kuchma's former bodyguard Mykola Melnychenko in the president's office have been declared to be material evidence in the case.
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