Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Whose corpse is it? DNA testing to determine if missing head body is Gongadze

Doubt and suspicion has been cast on the identity of the decapitated corpse believed to belong to Ukrainian Journalist Georgiy Gongadze.

Georgiy Gongadze disappeared on September 16 2000. Later a beheaded corpse was found in the Tarashcha forest which was believed to belong to Gongadze.

Mykola Dzhyha, a member of Parliament, questioned the identity of the body found claiming that "Chief forensic medical expert of Ukraine, Yuri Shupik, and well-known anthropologist, Oleg Pylypchuk,stated that the body found could not belong to Gongadze because it had been lying there decaying since the previous winter".

The unsolved murder of Georgiy Gongadze has raised its head when prime suspect Oleksiy Pukach was arrested and detained in August amidst concern that the arrest was politically motivated and timed to coincide with the 2010 Presidential election.

Gongadze's mother, who has refused to bury the body of her son, has called for DNA testing to be made outside Ukraine to confirm if the recently discovered head belongs to the corpse found in Tarashcha.