Oleksiy Pukach, the former head of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's external surveillance department, who is accused of the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze, is mainly ignoring questions during interrogation in court, the lawyer for the journalist's widow Myroslava Gongadze, Valentyna Telychenko, has said.

"The state prosecution formulates its question, but Pukach keeps on saying whatever he wants and mainly ignores the questions," the lawyer told reporters during a break in the court hearing on Thursday, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

She added that the judge had to ask repeatedly the accused to give clear answers to the questions.

According to Telychenko, the answers given by Pukach in general are meaningless and do not give a clear understanding of the motives for the murder of the journalist.

"[He's behaving] in the same way as before," she said.

Gongadze went missing in Kyiv on September 16, 2000. A decapitated corpse, which experts claimed could be that of Gongadze, was found in a forest outside Kyiv in November 2000. In May 2010 Ukrainian Prosecutor General Oleksandr Medvedko stated that fragments of a skull found in July 2009 in Kyiv region belonged to Gongadze. The Prosecutor General's Office declared that former Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Kravchenko ordered to murder Gongadze, following the statement the court sent the case for additional investigation. Pukach is accused of having committed the murder.

Pukach, who had long been on the wanted list, was detained in the Zhytomyr region on July 21, 2009.

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