Sentence to Gongadze's murderers upheld

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The Supreme Court upheld the sentence pronounced to performers of murder of the journalist Georgy Gongadze by the Ministry of Internal Affairs working in bodies Nikolay Protasov, Valery Kostenko and Alexander Popovic.

As reported to agency "Interfax - Ukraine" the lawyer of the widow of the killed journalist Miroslava Gongadze Valentin Telichenko, thus board of judges of the Supreme Court rejected appeals of defendants and upheld a sentence of appellate court of Kiev according to which Protasov was condemned for 13 years of deprivation freedom, the others - for 12 years.

The Supreme Court also rejected Protasov's request to leave it a rank "militia colonel" and the corresponding ministerial awards.

According to Telichenko, Protasov motivated such request with that he is the veteran of law-enforcement bodies.

As the lawyer noted, the defendant didn't consider "one moment" - only that person which service in the Ministry of Internal Affairs was faultless can be considered as the veteran of law-enforcement bodies.

The Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze disappeared in Kiev on September 16, 2000. In November of the same year in the wood of Kiev region the decapitated corpse which, on conclusions of experts, could belong to the journalist was found.

The State Office of Public Prosecutor brought criminal case upon murder. Customers of murder still aren't established. Case is investigated by the Prosecutor General's Office.

On March 15, 2008 the Appellate court Kiev sentenced three performers of murder of the journalist Georgy Gongadze Nikolay Protasov, Valery Kostenko and Alexander Popovic to 13, 12 and 12 years of imprisonment respectively. Lawyers of the condemned appealed against this decision in the Supreme Court.

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