The decision to postpone the consideration of a cassation appeal lodged by the Prosecutor General's Office against the dropping of charges against second Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma (1994-2005) regarding his involvement in the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze, is a sign of the reluctance of the Higher Specialized Court of Ukraine for Civil and Criminal Cases to consider the complaint at present, according to Valentyna Telychenko, a lawyer representing the interests of the deceased journalist's widow, Myroslava Gongadze.
"The postponement of consideration until July 26, in fact, is a sign of unwillingness to consider the complaint. Probably, the court has not agreed its decision with those who influence the endorsement of these decisions," she told reporters after a court session on Thursday.
As reported, the Higher Specialized Court for Civil and Criminal Cases adjourned until July 26 the hearing of an appeal by the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine against the ruling of the Court of Appeals to uphold the closing of a criminal case against Ukraine's second president, Leonid Kuchma, related to his suspected involvement in the murder of Gongadze.
A criminal case was opened against Kuchma on March 21, 2011. He was charged with abuse of power and official authority, which subsequently led to the murder of 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 were declared to be material evidence in the case.
On December 13, 2011, Kyiv Pechersky District Court cancelled an order by the Prosecutor General's Office to open a criminal case against Kuchma on suspicion of his involvement in Gongadze's murder.
The court ruled that former State Department Guard Major Mykola Melnychenko's tapes were obtained illegally and thus cannot serve as evidence in the criminal case against Kuchma.
The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively public debate through the Disqus system. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. The Kyiv Post will ban flagrant violators. If you think that a comment or commentator should be banned, please flag the offending material.
Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the
www.kyivpost.com material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials
contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior
written permission of Public Media at firstname.lastname@example.org
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal
use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of