Russia - Politkovskaya's killer "found" but masterminds still undisclosed



    MONTREAL, March 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders renewed its
call for the real organisers of the October 2006 murder of campaigning
journalist Anna Politkovskaya to be arrested and tried after a legal spokesman
said today her killer had been identified and was being sought.
    "The big question has not been answered," the worldwide press freedom
organisation said. "The authorities have still not shown their determination
or ability to find and punish those who gave the orders for this crime. We are
waiting for them to act."
    The prosecutor-general's spokesman, Vyacheslav Smirnov, who did not name
the killer, also said nine people were under investigation in the case,
including former secret policeman Pavel Ryaguzov. However, Ryaguzov's lawyer
denied he was being prosecuted for involvement in the murder. The ex-policeman
has been accused of giving the Novaya Gazeta journalist's address to Chechen
former politician Shamil Burayev.
    The complex investigation, during which about 60 witnesses have
reportedly been interviewed, has been extended until 7 September this year.
The preventive detention of Burayev and two other suspects, Tamerlan Makhmudov
and Mogamed Dimelkhanov, has been prolonged until 7 April.

    Politkosvakaya was murdered on 7 October 2006 in the hallway of her
Moscow apartment building. The head of the investigation, Alexander Bastrykin,
told the Izvestia newspapers on 2 October last year that Burayev was the main
organiser of the killing. Prosecutor-general Yuri Chaika had announced on 27
August the arrest of 10 suspects. His office said they suspected the murder
was the work of a Chechen gang helped by police accomplices.




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For further information: Katherine Borlongan, Secretary General,
Reporters sans frontières Canada,(514) 521-4111, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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