Court refuses to try former president for Gongadze murder

first_img Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority RSF_en News News Help by sharing this information February 26, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders roundly condemns a decision by Kiev’s Pechersky district court on 13 December to dismiss charges against former president Leonid Kuchma in connection with the murder of investigative journalist Georgiy Gongadze in 2000.In line with a ruling by the country’s highest appeal court in October (see below), the Pechersky court dismissed the case against Kuchma on the grounds that the evidence – tape recordings made secretly by his bodyguard, Mykola Melnychenko – was obtained illegally and therefore could not be used against him.“It is very regrettable that Kuchma is getting off on a legal technicality without the evidence against him being the subject of a full hearing,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This outcome leaves all the questions unanswered and does absolutely nothing to help establish the truth about Gongadze’s murder.“The investigation will not advance by sweeping aside the recordings that have always been at the centre of this case. After the many other irregularities that have marked this case from the outset, this ruling is one more reason for seriously questioning the impartiality of Ukrainian justice.”Valentyna Telichenko, the lawyer who represents Gongadze’s widow, said she would appeal against the 13 December decision. The prosecutor-general’s office is also planning to appeal, spokesman Yuri Boychenko said. Reporters Without Borders urges the courts that examine these appeals to overturn the Pechersky court’s ruling and to reinstate the Melnychenko recordings as prosecution evidence.The trial of Gen. Oleksiy Pukach, a senior intelligence officer who allegedly confessed to carry out the Gongadze murder on orders from a superior, is meanwhile continuing behind closed doors.——31.10.2011 – Clandestine recordings ruled out as evidence against ex-President KuchmaReporters Without Borders regrets that the constitutional court has taken an “irrevocabledecision” not to admit clandestine recordings of former President Leonid Kuchma as evidencethat he ordered journalist Georgy Gongadze’s murder in 2000.In a ruling on 20 October, the court rejected the recordings as evidence at the request of theUkrainian intelligence services on the grounds that they were made “illegally” by Kuchma’s thenbodyguard, Mykola Melnychenko. Kuchma, who was president from 1994 to 2005, did not knowhe was being recorded.Deputy attorney general Renat Kuzmin nonetheless said that there were other charges pendingagainst Kuchma and that the case was not closed.The prosecutor’s office began investigating Kuchma on 22 March on the basis of the recordingsprovided by Melnychenko, in which a voice that sounds like Kuchma’s can he heard saying hewanted to be rid of Gongadze.————-22.03.2011 Former president to be investigated in connection with journalist’s murderReporters Without Borders welcomes today’s announcement by the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office that it has opened a criminal investigation into the role that former President Leonid Kuchma may have played in the September 2000 murder of opposition journalist Georgiy Gongadze. It is the first time that the prosecutor’s office has decided to consider tape-recordings made by former presidential bodyguard Mykola Melnichenko as evidence. In the recordings, a voice resembling Kuchma’s can be heard referring to the need to get rid of Gongadze.Deputy prosecutor-general Renat Kuzmin announced today that Kuchma is being investigated for suspected “abuse of authority” and “illegal orders to interior ministry officials that resulted in (Gongadze’s) death.” Kuchma has been forbidden to leave the country until the investigation has been completed.“We hail the fact that a leading figure is finally being investigated in connection with this case,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Now that they are on the right road, the judicial authorities should not stop there as the names of several other senior officials have been mentioned in connection with the Melnichenko recordings. Should this investigation be taken as a sign that there is finally a real desire to shed light on Gongadze’s death? We hope so.”“But we have every reason to remain extremely cautious about a case that has seen so many contradictory developments in the past 10 years. The latest example was on 3 March, when a court upheld a decision to downgrade the definition of Gongadze’s death from ‘commissioned murder’ to a less serious one implicating only a now-dead official. Today’s announcement has not dispelled our doubts about judicial independence in this case.”Reporters Without Borders will continue to follow developments closely. It would be completely intolerable if this new investigation were to lead into another dead end, or if it were to be carried out hastily with the sole aim of absolving former senior officials. UkraineEurope – Central Asia UkraineEurope – Central Asia to go furthercenter_img Organisation Receive email alerts March 26, 2021 Find out more Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV December 14, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court refuses to try former president for Gongadze murder Follow the news on Ukraine News News September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

ECISD wants funding feedback

first_img WhatsApp Ector County ISD is in line to receive approximately $55.9 million in federal grant funds earmarked to help public schools overcome the learning losses sustained by students during the COVID-19 pandemic. This money, known as ESSER III funds, is available to ECISD over the next three years.One of the critical requirements of this grant opportunity is input from our ECISD community — stakeholders including staff members, parents, students and local organizations — on how the school district can best use the ESSER III funds to boost student achievement.One of the ways ECISD plans to gain feedback is through a survey. The survey can be found at tinyurl.com/av8dwfab Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Previous articleGOOD NEWS: Dual credit student wins 2021 Drive to SuccessNext articleDistrict, health partners to offer vaccines Odessa American Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter EducationECISD By Odessa American – May 20, 2021 TAGSECISDESSER IIIsurvey Twitter ECISD wants funding feedbacklast_img read more

MLAX : Altering shot selection key for SU against Lowman; McArdle poses challenge for Orange defense

first_imgVILLANOVA, Pa. – John Desko voiced to his players they needed to change the angle on their shots or else they weren’t going to be St. John’s goaltender Jeff Lowman.In the first half of Syracuse’s 9-8 victory over the Red Storm on March 10, the Orange sent countless high shots toward the net, providing St. John’s goaltender Jeff Lowman with the upper hand early in the game.When SU finally responded to Desko’s criticism, the ball finally started to fall into the back of the net. The lesson on shot selection is one the Orange attack has carried throughout the rest of the season.‘Definitely just changing the planes on the shots and overall just shooting smart,’ SU attack Tim Desko said, ‘don’t shoot right into his stick and I think we’ll be fine.’The Orange attack will look to beat the goalie that gave them fits early in the regular season when the third-seeded Orange takes on No. 4 seed St. John’s in the Big East tournament final at Villanova Stadium on Saturday. With a lesson from the regular season in hand, Syracuse will hope to conquer Lowman again in the postseason. The junior goaltender is coming off a stellar 15-save performance in the Red Storm’s 8-7 upset victory over Notre Dame in the semifinals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse is coming off one of its most inspiring offensive performances of the season against Villanova on Thursday. Leading 9-6 late in the third quarter, the Orange used a patient approach to dispose of the Wildcats with six unanswered goals to close out the game.‘We don’t want another let down this season,’ Tim Desko said. ‘We did well dodging, moving the ball good yesterday. We kept moving the ball, getting great dodges and it didn’t matter who scored, it was pretty spread out which is nice.’Tim Desko said the Orange has carried a quiet confidence since nearly upending the Fighting Irish with six second-half goals last weekend. Against Villanova, Syracuse was patient on offense, cycling the ball around the perimeter, unafraid of stall warnings as long as it got a good look at the net.And the persistence in the attacking zone wore down the Wildcats defense.When SU takes on Lowman for the second time this season, John Desko said it won’t be as much about shooting low as it will be mixing up the shot selection. And if SU is able to do that from start to finish he believes the Orange’s offensive success will continue.‘A lot of goalies have had their best game against us, so we’ll see,’ John Desko said. ‘I think he’s comfortable in the goal and as opposed to saying we have to shoot in a certain high or low, I think we need to look at the goal and take good shots.’Syracuse defense preparing to face conference’s leading scorerBrian Megill and the Syracuse defense frustrated Big East attack player of the year, Kevin Cunningham, into three turnovers and held him to two points on Thursday.The Orange blanketed Cunningham off the ball and swarmed him on drives to the cage. With Villanova’s top threat neutralized, the Wildcats offense couldn’t keep pace with Syracuse in a blowout loss.On Saturday, Megill will match up with St. John’s attack Kieran McArdle, who led the Big East with 49 points during the regular season, and the close defender said SU simply has to duplicate its play to contain the Red Storm offense.‘We got to keep playing the way we played yesterday,’ Megill said. ‘Energetic, we had great communication. Our slides were there, our switches were there and that’s how we just have to keep playing.’Syracuse will need its defense to stifle St. John’s offense when the teams square off with the Big East championship and a trip to the NCAA tournament on the line. The Orange is preparing to shut down the Red Storm   using the same formula for success against Villanova.Like Villanova, SJU’s success on offense starts with one player. McArdle is the catalyst for the Red Storm, pacing the team in goals and assists. He led St. John’s to its upset victory over top-seeded Notre Dame on Thursday with seven points coming on three goals and four assists.Against the Notre Dame defense, ranked No. 1 in the nation allowing just 5.75 goals per game, McArdle’s breakout performance in his team’s 8-7 win was even more impressive.Megill said McArdle is athletic and smart, with the ability to make plays all over the field, zipping passes from midfield to his teammates for scoring chances. While the junior will be responsible for covering McArdle, he said the entire defense has to be aware of him on the field at all times.‘I’m going to go out there and play as a team and not worry so much about my individual matchup and hopefully hold them to zero, that’s the plan,’ Megill [email protected]@syr.edu Published on May 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

March 2016: Lucas Browne to challenge Ruslan Chagaev for WBA world heavyweight title

first_imgUnbeaten heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne faces WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev at the Akhmat Arena in Grozny, Chechnya on March 5.Australia has never had a world champion in the heavyweight division, but the 36-year-old from Sydney aims to change that by ripping the WBA crown away from the experienced Uzbek. Browne has been the mandatory challenger for the title since February, but has had to wait patiently for a shot due to Puerto Rico’s Fres Oquendo being granted a rematch with Chagaev.That return was scrapped in October when Oquendo suffered an injury.“I’m absolutely delighted to announce that I’m fighting for the WBA title and I fully intend to become Australia’s first ever heavyweight world champion,” said Browne, 23-0 (20 KOs). “Make no mistake, I’m going over to Grozny to knock Ruslan Chagaev out. I’m not interested in leaving the fight in the hands of the judges so I’m going to bring my two judges with me, my left hand and my right hand.“I’ve already started the process of turning my body into a machine and I’m going to destroy whatever is in front of me. Travelling overseas to fight doesn’t bother me in the slightest. I’ve done it many times in my career and at the end of the day it’ll be just me and Chagaev (below) in the ring. “I’ve got fans all over the world, but this is going to be one for the Australian fight fans. We have had a bad run with Aussie boxers overseas but I’m probably the only one that wins consistently away from home. I’m going to become our first heavyweight champion on March 5 and I can’t wait to have the support of our entire nation in my corner!“I can’t thank Ricky Hatton and Hatton Promotions enough for getting me the opportunity. For one reason or another, this fight has been hard to make and I have to praise Ricky and his team for their hard work.”Matt Clark, Browne’s manager, added: “This is a historic moment in Australian boxing. Lucas Browne joins Bill Squires, Bill Lang, Kali Meehan and Alex Leapai as the only Aussies to fight for the heavyweight title.“We know the challenge ahead of us as Chagaev is a great fighter, but we feel he’s ready to be taken. We’ve been waiting patiently for this fight to materialise and it’s well worth the wait.“It’s going to be an incredible atmosphere in Grozny and we are looking forward to putting on a great show and making Australian boxing history.” –last_img read more