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Kiev: Ex prez probed in reporter death

Kiev: Ex prez probed in reporter death

Prosecutors say they are investigating former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma in connection with the brutal slaying of an investigative reporter 10 years ago.
Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin said Tuesday that Kuchma is suspected of giving "illegal orders" to the Interior Ministry that led to the killing of Heorhiy Gongadze, according to the Interfax news agency. Kuchma has been banned from leaving Ukraine.
Gongadze was kidnapped in September 2000 and his beheaded body was discovered outside Kiev several months later.
Opponents and rights groups have accused Kuchma of involvement in the slaying based on tape recordings in which a voice that sounded like Kuchma's is heard complaining about the journalist and suggesting subordinates deal with the problem.
Kuchma has denied the allegations.


Updated : 2021-02-25 10:38 GMT+08:00