Former intelligence chief alleged to have personally strangled Georgy Gongadze
Pukach, who was already suspected of having ordered the destruction of files on certain individuals, most probably the policemen who followed Gongadze for several months prior to his disappearance in September 2000, is therefore now personally and directly implicated in his murder. A warrant for his arrest was issued by the Pecherski District Court in Kiev on 25 January. He is believed to be currently residing in Israel.
The two detained colonels and a third person under house arrest in Kiev, who has also not been identified, are charged under Article 93 of the Ukrainian Criminal Code with "murder with aggravating circumstances", the aggravating circumstances in this case being the fact that they were together at the time. The offence was punishable by death until February 2000, when Ukraine signed the Sixth Protocol of the European Convention on Human Rights.