Oleksiy Pukach, Gongadze's killer, claims he was forced to testify against innocent people and provides names of those involved
Oleksiy Pukach, who was given a life sentence in 2013 for killing the journalist, says he was put under pressure during the investigation. Now he decided to name the real perpetrators of the crime. The High Specialized Court of Ukraine ordered the Prosecutor General's Office to register the claim of Pukach.
Pukach's lawyers say they will demand a new court hearing and a change of the life sentence for 15 years in prison. The prisoner says he wants only one thing to finally happen.
Oleksiy Pukach, Gongadze's killer: There is no reason to drag the case. Because all political clans exploit the process. I want the truth.
Pukach claims he was forced to testify against innocent people during the investigation process. The prisoner blames investigators of the case Roman Shubin, who died in a car accident 4 years ago, and Pavlo Matvieiev. Pukach had to lie about people who were Ukrainian statesmen back in early 2000 - Marchuk , Moroz, Tkachenko, Pliushch and others.
He was sentenced to life in prison in 2013 for killing and beheading Ukrainian journalist Georgiy Gongadze. Who exactly ordered the murder remains unsolved.
Gongadze's death paved the way for the 2004 Orange Revolution against the presidency of Leonid Kuchma. Recordings alleging Kuchma's involvement in Gongadze's murder were published in 2000.
A criminal case opened against the former president in March 2011 was later dropped on grounds of insufficient evidence.