Reporters Without Borders called today on the Ukrainian authorities to provide "clear proof" of the guilt of the suspected hitmen and masterminds in the 2001 murder of TV journalist Igor Alexandrov and said it hoped a new trial of four men in the case starting on 16 May would not be "another farce" pinning responsibility on "conveniently-found suspects."
It said "very serious mistakes and legal errors" had accumulated during the four-year official investigation into the killing. "The full truth must be established in this terrible death of an investigative journalist," it added. The appeals court in Luhansk will hear the case.
Thugs beat Alexandrov with baseball bats outside the offices in Slavinsk of the TV station TOR, of which he was director-general, on 3 July 2001 and he died of his injuries four days later. Volodymyr Tymoshenko, head of the anti-crime and anti-corruption department of the country's security services, said he was killed because of his reports on corruption and organised crime in the eastern region of Donetsk.
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