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Myroslava Gongadze, the widow of Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze killed in 2000, believes the proceedings concerning her husband's murder will be completed after not only those who actually committed the murder, but also those who ordered it have been punished, Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported.
"This court ruling is definitely not a final stage for me. The punishment of not only the killers themselves, but also those who ordered the killing can be final," Myroslava Gongadze said on ICTV television, commenting on Pukach's conviction.
At the same time, she stressed that she considers the life imprisonment of Pukach to be the only fair verdict.
Judge Andriy Melnyk asked Pukach after pronouncing the sentence whether he understands it, to which Pukach replied, "I will understand the sentence when [former Ukrainian President Leonid] Kuchma and [former presidential chief of staff Volodymyr] Lytvyn are also put in jail together with me."
Journalist Gongadze, the founder of the Internet publication Ukrainska Pravda (Ukrainian Truth), disappeared in Kyiv on September 16, 2000. A beheaded body was found in a forest outside Kyiv in November 2000, and experts concluded preliminarily that it could have been Gongadze's. Remains of a skull were found in Kyiv region in 2009, and the Prosecutor General's Office concluded that they were Gongadze's. The body, however, has still not been buried, as the journalist's mother, Lesia Gongadze, is refusing to recognize the remains as her son's.