Reporters Without Borders today criticised the new delay in the trial of the suspected killers of journalist Georgy Gongadze, supposedly because of the illness of one of the three accused.
Kiev appeals court judge Irina Grigorieva agree to a request for postponement by defendant Oleksandr Popovitch, who said he was not well enough for further questioning, and adjourned the trial to 16 February so he could have medical treatment.
Reporters Without Borders expressed surprise that the judge has so far agreed to all the defendants’ requests but rejected the call by the Gongadze family’s lawyer for the trial to be held in public.
It also criticised the slowness of the trial, which suits many politicians who do not want their names mentioned at the trial only a few weeks before parliamentary elections.
The Gongadze trial, which has been adjourned five times since it began on 9 January, is expected to last several months.