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08KYIV965, UKRAINE: GONGADZE KILLERS APPEAL TO SUPREME COURT,

May 22, 2008

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08KYIV965 2008-05-22 08:17 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv

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ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 220817Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5637
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L KYIV 000965 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/24/2016 
TAGS: PHUM PGOV PINR SOCI SCUL UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: GONGADZE KILLERS APPEAL TO SUPREME COURT, 
WIDOW PLANS CIVIL CASE AGAINST INTERIOR MINISTRY 
 
Classified By: Political Counselor Kent Logsdon for reasons 1.4 (b) and 
 (d). 
 
1.  (C) Summary.  Valentyna Telychenko, the attorney for the 
widow of slain journalist Georgiy Gongadze, told EmbOff that 
she was satisfied with the March 15 convictions of three 
former police officers, but that she would request reduced 
sentences for two of the defendants when they make their 
final appeal to the Supreme Court in June.   Telychenko said 
that widow Myroslava Gongadze would continue to push for an 
investigation into who ordered the murder and that she plans 
to file a civil case against the Ministry of Interior. 
 
2.  (C)  We view the conviction of the three men involved in 
the murder as a positive step, but agree that doubts about 
the GoU's commitment to a full resolution of this case will 
linger until those who ordered the killings are brought to 
justice.  Post will continue to track progress in Myroslava 
Gongadze's effort to find those who ordered the murder and 
her planned civil case.  End Summary and Comment. 
 
3.  (C) Valentyna Telychenko, the attorney for the widow of 
slain journalist Georgiy Gongadze, told Emboff on May 20 that 
she was satisfied with the recent conviction of three former 
police officers for their involvement in the murder, but that 
widow Myroslava Gongadze will continue to push for a broader 
investigation into who ordered the killing in 2000. 
Telychenko said that the trial of the three defendants was 
thorough and correct from a legal standpoint.  She confirmed 
that the three defendants had appealed their convictions to 
the Supreme Court - the court of last instance - and their 
appeal will be heard on June 17.   She said she would request 
that the Supreme Court reduce the sentences for two of the 
three defendants - in line with her sentencing request before 
the lower court's verdict in March - but would ask to keep 
the 14-year sentence for Mykola Protasov who showed no signs 
of remorse or willingness to accept responsibility for his 
role in the murder. 
 
4.  (C) Telychenko reiterated her position that the 
Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) should open a case against 
former SBU officer Major Mykola Melnychenko to determine if 
his recordings of conversations in then-President Kuchma's 
office can be submitted as evidence in a court of law.  He 
could be charged for illegally making the recordings in the 
first place, she explained, and they are crucial to further 
investigating the role of senior figures such as Socialist 
Party leader Oleksandr Moroz and former head of Kuchma's 
Presidential Administration Viktor Medvedchuk.  She expressed 
some doubt that Melnychenko still has the original recordings 
in his possession and believed that he did not work alone in 
making the recordings, with possible help from Russian 
special services.  She vowed to keep the case in the public's 
eye and said that Myroslava Gongadze plans to file a civil 
suit against the Ministry of Interior in which, in contrast 
to a criminal case, can charge it as an organization with 
"institutional responsibility" for Gongadze's murder and seek 
financial compensation. 
 
5. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kyiv. 
Taylor

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