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"Unfortunately, in practice there can be such interactions with countries in which extradition is not always enforced. In this case, the country is Israel. Over the entire period of [Ukraine’s] independence, this country has extradited only one citizen to us. The Security Service [of Ukraine] prepared all of the materials on Melnychenko’s extradition and agreed on them with the Prosecutor General’s Office, but Israel has set new demands for our investigators on the collection of the documents necessary for his extradition. This work was suspended suddenly, and the extradition did not happen," he said in an exclusive interview to Interfax-Ukraine, when asked whether Melnychenko could be extradited 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.

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