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Ukraine4 September 2002

Prosecutor acknowledges that headless body was Gongadze’s

Ukrainian public prosecutor Sviatoslav Piskun officially recognized on 3 September that the headless body found in November 2000 in Tarashtsha, near Kiev, was indeed that of journalist Georgy Gongadze. According to a forensic examination conducted by the prosecutor’s office, Gongadze was still alive when beheaded, which would mean the crime of torture was committed as well as murder. Sergiy Obozov, the Tarashtsha prosecutor, and an examining magistrate from the same district have been arrested for "abuse of authority"and "breaches of the law committed during the preceding enquiry".

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