The criminal case against Melnychenko, who was granted political asylum in the U.S., was closed in 2005. Then the Prosecutor General's Office found that Melnychenko, conducting unauthorized recordings in the office of the president, was acting in a state of emergency, and therefore his actions are not criminal.
Kuchma, as reported by his press office, insists that the Prosecutor General's Office had no legal grounds for such a solution. Especially because Melnychenko has not only failed to eliminate any danger to the state, but on the contrary, his actions led to the tragic death of Georgy Gongadze, sparked social and political crisis, caused considerable damage to the credibility and reputation of Ukraine in the world.
Moreover, Melnychenko for years did not give his records to law enforcement authorities, did not inform the people about the dangers, which allegedly threatened them, and enjoyed the recordings for commercial purposes.
"Espionage, betrayal of Motherland, the sale of its secrets, blackmail, slander and fraud are not allowed to go unpunished. I, therefore, the second President of Ukraine, demand the resumption of criminal proceedings against Melnychenko," reads Kuchma's appeal to the prosecutors.
As known, Ukraine's former President Leonid Kuchma is charged with abuse of power and official authority, which subsequently led to the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze.
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