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Ukraine's ex-President ordered killing - suspect

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Ukraine's ex-President ordered killing - suspect


The man suspected of the murder of one of Ukraine’s most high profile journalists has alleged that former President Leonid Kuchma ordered the killing.

The revelation came during a hearing taking place behind closed doors in Kiev.

But witnesses say former head of surveillance Olexiy Pukach, who was arrested in 2009, blamed Kuchma and other top officials when asked in court who was behind the murder.

Kuchma has denied all the accusations.

Pukach is also said to have claimed Kuchma was in collusion with Vlodymyr Lytvyn, the current speaker of parliament.

Gongadze wrote about corruption among Ukraine’s elite and was one of the former President’s most outspoken critics. He was kidnapped in September 2000, and his decapitated body was found in woods outside Kiev several months later. The killing shocked Ukraine and sparked huge street protests.

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