18:19 05.11.2018

Ukraine's Supreme Court to continue hearing Podilsky's appeal of Pukach's conviction on Nov 14

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Ukraine's Supreme Court on November 14, 2018, will continue hearing the appeal of journalist Oleksiy Podilsky against the sentence against ex-head of the Interior Ministry's Criminal Surveillance Department Oleksiy Pukach for the murder of Georgiy Gongadze in September 2014.

Tetiana Kostina, the lawyer of Podilsky who is a victim in the Gongadze case, said materials concerning Pukach's conviction had not been declassified.

"Since May 2018, the case [an appeal against Pukach's verdict, which was considered by the highest specialized court of Ukraine until the formation of the new Supreme Court] has been with judge [Stanislav] Holubytsky. He said the date of consideration would be set after the court ruling on the declassification of materials," Kostina said on Monday during a round table meeting in parliament.

At the same time, she said, the judge of the Supreme Court on September 17 scheduled the review of the appeal for November 14.

She recalled that the highest special court had decided to declassify the materials of Kyiv's Pechersky District Court on charges against Pukach based on her petition.

As reported, the Higher Specialized Court of Ukraine for Civil and Criminal Cases in June 2017 decided to declassify audio recordings of Kyiv Pechersky District Court hearings on charges against Pukach, who was convicted of the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze.