10.11.2010 17:42

Investigation into Honhadze’s case is being dragged on under state control


Valentyna Telychenko, a lawyer for murdered journalist Heorhii Honhadze's widow Myroslava Honhadze, has doubts that the investigation into the murder of the journalist will be completed until the end of the arrest of Oleksii Pukach, the former head of the Interior Affairs Ministry's criminal surveillance division, or January 21, 2011, she told the TVi on November 9.

She said that in compliance with the Criminal Procedure Code, 18 months is the maximum period for detention of a suspect.

The materials of the criminal case should be given to the defendants not later than a month before the end of the ceiling term of the arrest.

The solicitor said that some case episodes are unlikely to be investigated due to actions of the General Prosecutor’s Office itself, Ukrainian News reports.

In October, the General Prosecutor’s Office reshuffled the head of the investigative group into case on the murder of the journalist Oleksandr Kharchenko for Vladyslav Hryschenko.

On July 23, the Kyiv Pecherskyi District Court arrested Oleksii Pukach for the period of two months and later has several times prolonged the arrest.

Journalist Heorhii Honhadze disappeared on September 16, 2000. His decapitated corpse was found later in the woods off Kyiv.

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