Ending a trial begun in January 2006, a Kiev court today found three former police officers - Mykola Protasov, Oleksandr Popovich and Valeri Kostenko - guilty of carrying out the 2000 murder of investigative journalist Georgiy Gongadze. ... The editor of the online newspaper Ukrainskaya Pravda, which he created in April 2000, Gongadze often wrote about cases of alleged corruption involving members of the Kuchma government. He was also an active campaigner for more press freedom in Ukraine. He was 31 years old when he was kidnapped on 16 September 2000. A headless body found near Kiev six weeks later was identified as his.
Reporters sans frontiÃ¨res - EUROPE, March 28, 2008, 7:50pm, obtained via: