The Kyiv Pechersky District Court’s ruling to dismiss the criminal case against former President Leonid Kuchma, suspected of involvement in the Sept. 16, 2000 murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze, was not unexpected. The court hearing of his lawyers’ request for dismissal was a farce.
Just like in the case against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymsohenko, the hearing lasted for 11 hours, until 10.30 p.m., with a single 20-minute break. Judge Halyna Suprun’s conduct was brutal. She refused to discuss petitions, refused to consider objections and cited her own unofficial sources of information, which are not admissible by law.
Suprun was not shy about showing bias. If her aim was to demonstrate that criminal law is ignored not only in the Tymoshenko case, but also in other cases, she managed very well.