The investigator examining a criminal case opened against former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma will soon question all witnesses, the media liaisons department of the Prosecutor General's Office has told UKRINFORM.

"[Former National Security and Defense Council Secretary] Yevhen Marchuk has been questioned at the main department for particularly important cases of the Prosecutor General's Office since 1000 today as a witness in the case on charges brought against Leonid Kuchma. Yesterday, the investigator questioned another witness - [former Head of the Presidential Administration] Viktor Medvedchuk - in the same case," the Prosecutor General's Office said.

The prosecutors also confirmed that lawyer Ihor Fomin had been withdrawn from participation in the case under a decision by the investigator, as it was established that in October 2003, he defended Oleksiy Pukach (the Interior Ministry general accused of killing journalist Georgy Gongadze) during consideration of an appeal lodged against a court ruling to open a criminal case against him. "In accordance with the requirements of the criminal procedure law, a lawyer cannot participate in the case as a defender when he provides or earlier provided legal assistance to another person, whose interests contradict each other," the Prosecutor General's Office said.

As UKRINFORM reported, the Prosecutor General's Office opened a criminal case against former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma and brought charges against him of abusing power and official authority, which led to serious consequences (the death of journalist Georgy Gongadze).

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