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Italy: Ex-Ukrainian security officer detained

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Mykola Melnychenko, a one-time bodyguard of Ukraine’s ex- president Leonid Kuchma, has been detained in Italy, at Kiev’s request.

He claims to have secret recordings implicating Kuchma in the murder of a journalist 12 years ago. Kuchma denied involvement and last year a Ukrainian court threw out a case against him.