Kuchma negotiates about immunity from criminal prosecution

13:34, 06 December 2004
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According to `Sundy Times` UKRAINE’S outgoing president, Leonid Kuchma, is trying to negotiate a deal that would gnuarantee him and his family immunity from prosecution in return for satisfying opposition demands over the rerunning of elections on December 26.
Presidential sources said Kuchma is seeking assurances he will not be pursued over allegations of corruption during his 10-year rule and over the gruesome killing of Georgy Gongadze, a high-profile opposition journalist whose headless torso was found in a wood outside Kiev in 2000. He is also said to want to be allowed to keep his state-owned dacha and a £3m yacht the Ukrainian press says belongs to him.
The outgoing leader — who has denied any wrongdoing — is believed to be ready in return to sack Yushchenko’s challenger, Viktor Yanukovych, from his post of prime minister, and dismiss members of the election commission.

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