Olexiy Pukach, left, in a defendant's cage on the final day of his trial in Kiev, Ukraine, Jan. 29, 2013.
January 29, 2013
Olexiy Pukach, a former top surveillance official, was convicted Tuesday of the strangling death of Georgiy Gongadze.
Gongadze was the founder of the Ukrainska Pravda news site, and had been investigating alleged corruption in the government of then-president Leonid Kuchma. His headless body was found in a forest outside the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.
A lawyer for Gongadze's widow has said that during Pukach's closed-door trial he testified that Kuchma and other officials ordered the journalist's murder.
Kuchma was investigated for the killing but charges against him were dropped. The former president has denied any involvement in the crime.