3 Acquitted in Politkovskaya Murder, Russia Reopens Case

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n_politkovskaya_acquitals_sm.jpgA Moscow jury ruled unanimously to acquit three men in the 2006 murder of Anna Politkovskaya. On Friday, the presiding judge ordered the case reopened.  

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The four suspects in the murder case of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, from left, Dzhabrail and Ibragim Makhmudov, Pavel Ryaguzov and Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, in the defendants' cage at a Moscow court on Thursday. (AP)

The New York Times reported that a Moscow jury ruled unanimously on Thursday to acquit three men in the 2006 murder of the investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, frustrating state prosecutors’ hopes of putting to rest a case that cast a shadow over Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia.

But the three men who were tried on murder charges in a cramped courtroom this winter were peripheral figures: two shaggy-haired young Chechen brothers accused of acting as a lookout and a driver for the suspected triggerman, who has never been arrested, and a former police investigator accused of organizing logistics for the killing.

By skirting the single most important question — who ordered the killing of Ms. Politkovskaya — the proceedings made the case more corrosive. Read more from Thursday's article at The New York Times >>

The presiding judge ordered the case reopened Friday and told the Interfax news agency that he would give investigators material evidence. Read more from Friday's article at The New York Times >>

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