The Council of Europe wants to know at what stage is the investigation of the Gongadze case / photo: UNIAN
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe urged the Ukrainian authorities to ensure speedy completion of investigation about murder of the journalist Georgy Gongadze.
As reported in the Council of Europe, Committee of Ministers 18-20 have centernational the implementation of Kiev decisions of the European court of human rights about the killing of the journalist on the case “Gongadze vs Ukraine” (the murder of a journalist and the lack of effective investigation).
In particular, the Committee again appealed to the Ukrainian authorities as soon as possible to provide information on the appeal proceedings against jailed ex-interior Ministry General Alexei Pukach, one of the perpetrators of the murder of the journalist and expressed hope that this production will be very quickly completed.
The Committee of Ministers “expressed regret that despite previous decisions, and after almost 18 months, the investigation into the incitement and the murder of Gongadze is still in need of full completion.
However, the Committee of Ministers “urged the Ukrainian authorities to ensure the rapid completion of the investigation in accordance with the standards of the Convention (for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms – the UNIAN) and asked to report at what stage is the investigation, what obstacles might be faced, and some measures to overcome possible difficulties, and in what time frame the investigation can be completed.”
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Also in the European Council “noted with interest that law enforcement agencies and the courts, obviously, actively apply the new legal provisions on crimes committed against journalists”. In this regard, it is noted that, although the provided statistical information is not convincing in demonstrating the effectiveness of the investigations, the Committee of Ministers called on the authorities to provide further clarification of the current situation in the context of the protection of journalists.
In addition, concerns have been raised that the definition of “journalist” in the Criminal code has a limited and formalistic nature may be interpreted.
The Committee of Ministers asked the Ukrainian authorities to provide until 31 March 2019 updated and consolidated plan or to submit a report in response to affected in this analysis by the Council of Europe questions to create opportunities for a comprehensive evaluation of the effectiveness of measures undertaken by the Ukrainian government.
Reference to UNIAN. Gongadze disappeared in Kyiv on 16 September 2000. In November of the same year in the forest in the Kiev region was found decapitated corpse, which, according to the experts, could belong to the missing journalist. Since the body was preserved in a Kiev morgue.
In January 2013, the Pechersky regional court of Kiev found guilty of Gongadze’s murder the ex-interior Ministry General Pukach and sentenced him to life imprisonment. In August 2005, while President Viktor Yushchenko, who succeeded as head of state Leonid Kuchma, was posthumously awarded Gongadze the title Hero of Ukraine.
Gongadze was buried March 22, 2016 in Kiev in the Church of St. Nicholas Naberezhny. In circulation, timed to the funeral, the widow, Myroslava Gongadze said that with the burial of the journalist, his case is not terminated, and customers of his murder should be condemned.