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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2 Ex-Cops Say They Killed Gongadze

KIEV -- Two former police officers have confessed to killing investigative journalist Heorhiy Gongadze five years ago, prosecutors said Monday.

Vyacheslav Astapov, spokesman for the Prosecutor General's Office, said the two officers had "admitted charges" that they were cooperative and that they had "helped investigators with the details."

He refused to elaborate on what exact role they played in the killing of Gongadze, who was abducted in central Kiev in September 2000. His beheaded body was later found outside the capital.

In an interview published Monday on Ukrainska Pravda, a web site once run by Gongadze, President Viktor Yushchenko said the two officers "confessed, so the first stage of the probe in the case is over." The two have also helped investigators to reconstruct the killing and "led them to locations where it all happened," he said.

Astapov said prosecutors would have to complete forensic tests on Gongadze's body before the case could be forwarded to the court.

The investigation into Gongadze's killing has confirmed suspicions that top officials in Leonid Kuchma's government had a role in the death.