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High Court Rules Probe of President Illegal

The World | IN BRIEF / UKRAINE

December 28, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Ukraine's Supreme Court barred a criminal probe of President Leonid D. Kuchma, saying it had been opened illegally.

Appellate Judge Yury Vasilenko in Kiev had ordered prosecutors to investigate opposition charges against Kuchma of corruption, abuse of power and arms sales to Iraq. Opposition leaders also accuse Kuchma of involvement in the murder of reporter Georgi Gongadze. The president denies all the charges.

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