Lytvyn says investigation into Gongadze murder confirms his innocence in this crime

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Sept. 16, 2010, 4:05 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn said that the investigation into the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze has confirmed his innocence in this crime. "The investigation confirmed my innocence in this case, despite the fact that efforts have been, are being and will be taken to make me practically the main person accused [of killing the journalist]," he said at a press conference in Obukhiv, Kyiv region, on Thursday.

Lytvyn stressed the need to establish the truth in this case outside Ukraine.

"I don't feel happy about what is happening, as I realize that it is necessary to establish the truth, and in order to establish final and complete truth, it's necessary to work outside of the country, which is very difficult and impossible to do," the speaker said.

He said that it was necessary to answer who organized the bugging of the presidential office and who was behind this.

Lytvyn said that after getting answers to these questions, it would be possible to find out who drafted the scenario of the murder.

He said he realized that "very influential people, including, obviously, those in Ukraine" were behind the killing of the journalist. He predicted that these people would step up their activities in order to divert attention from them.

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