The general prosecutor confirmed this week in a newspaper interview that former President Leonid Kuchma is not suspected of ordering the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze in 2000.

Since the nation’s ex-leader was first charged in March, critics have complained that prosecuting Kuchma for abuse of power in giving an order that led to the murder of Gongadze was the wrong charge. Many think he should stand trial for nothing less than murder.

The comments of General Prosecutor Viktor Pshonka will be seen by many as confirmation that the aim of the prosecution is to clear Kuchma, the political patron of President Viktor Yanukovych, of any serious wrongdoing.

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