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7 Aug, 2009 09:26

Politkovskaya’s case to be retried

The retrial of four men accused of involvement in the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya will go ahead.

The decision comes despite earlier expectations that the case would be returned to the Prosecutor General’s Office for further investigation after petitions from both the prosecution and the injured party.

Earlier, a representative for Anna Politkovskaya’s family filed a request to merge this case with the main case against the mastermind and perpetrators of the crime.

However, on Friday, August 7, the Moscow District Military Court announced that the petition was denied.

In February 2009, all four suspects were acquitted. However, the prosecution has said the retrial needs to be based on the same evidence due to procedural errors of the previous trial.

There have already been two preliminary hearings, on August 5 and August 7. The retrial itself will start on September 7, with same evidence and same suspects. The proceedings are set to be open to the public.

Anna Politkovskaya was gunned down in her apartment block in Moscow on October 7, 2006.