As reported by correspondent for Censor.NET, the prosecutor said at today's court hearing.
At the most recent hearing, Oleksii Pukach said pressure was put on him. The court then ordered the public prosecutor to enter the statement into the Unified Register of pretrial investigations and start a probe into it.
Pukach said today that the investigator came to him after the last hearing and said: "So what if you were visited by strangers? They have not killed you after all!"
At today's hearing, the presiding judge said that the Prosecutor General's Office had provided no reasons for refusal in writing yet. "We will decide what to do with it as soon as we receive this paper," the judge said.
Besides, the court's interim order requested the Prosecutor General's Office to figure out why Pukach was serving his sentence not in a special prison for former law enforcement officers but in an ordinary one. Complainant Oleksii Podolskyi then suggested that Pukach could be slain in ordinary prison. The PGO has not provided its response to the court's order so far.
As reported, the hearing of the case against Oleksii Pukach charged with the murder of journalist Heorhii Gongadze was adjourned to Feb. 7, 2017.