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Gongadze's Killers Confess

The Gongadze case is coming to a close. The journalist's killers were militiamen, announced Ukraine's general prosecutor, Sviatoslav Piskun, speaking on the First Channel of the Ukrainian national TV company.

According to him, the confession of guilt confirms that the investigation is on the right track. S. Piskun added that the accused could not have made the decision to kill Gongadze of their own free will.

Earlier Ukraine's general prosecutor had said that ex-head of the External Surveillance Department of Ukraine's Internal Affairs Ministry, Gen. Alexei Pukach, "has been charged with Gongadze's killing in absentia".

As was reported earlier, Georgi Gongadze disappeared on September 16, 2000. In the autumn of the same year a decapitated body was found in the Tarashchanski forest of the Kiev Region, which, as established by several expert analyses, belonged to the missing journalist.

Ex-head of the External Surveillance Department of Ukraine's Internal Affairs Ministry, Gen. A. Pukach, was arrested in October of 2003. He was charged with destroying office files, in particular the reports of operative groups that had been conducting surveillance of the journalist. A. Pukach was released from custody on November 5, 2003, in the courtroom, under obligation not to leave town. He was not heard of since.

The militiamen detained in connection with the Gongadze case claim that Pukach had personally strangled G. Gongadze with a belt.
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