Ukraine Jails ex-top official for Life over Journalist Murder

KIEV: A Ukrainian court on Tuesday sentenced a former senior official at the interior ministry to life in prison for strangling critical journalist Georgy Gongadze in 2000, the highest-profile crime in the country’s post-Soviet history.

Gongadze was the founder of the Ukrainska Pravda news site that was bitterly critical of the president Leonid Kuchma.

He went missing in September 2000, and in November of the same year his headless body was found in a forest outside the capital Kiev.