Gongadze's widow to demand inquiry

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The widow of murdered Ukrainian journalist Gyorgy Gongadze is to speak in London later this month on the third anniversary of his death to demand an independent inquiry.

Gongadze, editor of Ukrainska Pravda website, was killed after publishing stories alleging high-level Government corruption. His headless body was found in a ditch.

Taped conversations have since come to light which apparently implicate senior Ukrainian Government of?cials in the murder. The NUJ says that in July a witness involved in the case died in suspicious circumstances.

NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear told Press Gazette: “Ukraine is trying to join the EU and we are saying that no action should be taken to facilitate that until a proper independent investigation has been carried out. There are a number of pieces of evidence to suggest there was full Government collusion in this murder. We want an investigation to establish the facts and bring to justice any of those involved.”

Myroslava Gongadze will speak at an NUJ-organised meeting in the Music Room of the Foreign Press Association, Carlton House Terrace, from 7pm on 16 September.

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