The meeting of Appellate court of Kiev on a complaint lodged against the sentence of former interior Ministry General Alexei Pukach, convicted for the deprivation of life of Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze, on Thursday did not take place for lack of counsel, but was postponed until August eleven, Agency reports.
according to an UNIAN correspondent, the judge, the judge Stepan Glady said the court received a letter of Pukach's lawyer Gregory Demidenko about the fact that He is undergoing treatment, which will last 10-15 days. Due to the fact that the law does not provide for the possibility of consideration of a case without a lawyer accused was adjourned.
The Glady said that the court will validate and in truth whether Pukach's lawyer is on sick leave request to the medical institution. The judges have made a proposal Pukach to get himself another lawyer or replace Demidenko another defender, as He is no longer 1st time skips meeting for health reasons. Pukach said that the man has no money for a paid lawyer in addition to a designated state. He also said that he does not wish to replace Demidenko another defender from the country, reports the Agency.
The Pechersky district court of Kiev on January 29, 2013 recognized Pukach guilty in the death of Gongadze and sentenced him to life imprisonment. In addition to the life sentence, the court ordered Pukach 62, 5 thousand dollars in favor of the family devoid of the life of a journalist.
Gongadze in April, 2000, he founded the Internet-the edition " Ukrainian truth ", which very quickly criticized the policies of former President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma. A few months Gongadze reported the Prosecutor's office about the unknown threats to your own address. In September of the same year, the journalist disappeared, returning home from work. Two weeks later, his headless body found in Tarashcha forest Kyiv region.