Murder Probe Begins in Reporter’s Death

From Times Wire Reports

Ukrainian prosecutors launched a murder investigation into the death of reporter Georgi Gongadze as President Leonid D. Kuchma reiterated his denials of involvement in the killing.

Gongadze, whose headless corpse was found outside Kiev last year, was an Internet journalist harshly critical of Kuchma. His death sparked Ukraine’s biggest political scandal in a decade.

The prosecutors’ move marks a sudden change of pace in the investigation. Gongadze’s relatives and friends have accused prosecutors of attempting a cover-up on orders from Kuchma.