Russia: A small step - Reopening of Politkovskaya probe offers "degree of hope"

    MONTREAL, Sept. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Russian supreme court today ordered
that the case against three alleged accomplices to journalist Anna
Politkovskaya's murder should be returned to the prosecutor's office for
further investigation, overturning a lower court ruling on 7 August blocking
this possibility.
    A representative of the prosecutor general said the investigation into
the accomplices would be combined with the investigation into those who
carried out Politkovskaya's October 2006 murder and those who ordered it.
    "Like Politkovskaya's relatives, who appealed against the 7 August
decision, we are relieved by the supreme court's ruling," Reporters Without
Borders said. "Sending the case back for further investigation revives a
degree of hope that the facts may yet emerge. We nonetheless fear that the
security forces will block all attempts to solve this murder. More effort and
more vigilance are needed if the truth is ever to be established."

    Read the preceding releases

    - Politkovskaya family appeals against judge's decision to block further
    - In new boost to impunity, court blocks further investigation into
      Politkovskaya murder
    - What can be expected from retrial of those accused in Politkovskaya

    Reporters Without Borders defends imprisoned journalists and press
freedom throughout the world. It has nine national sections (Austria, Belgium,
Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland). It has
representatives in Bangkok, London, New York, Tokyo and Washington. And it has
more than 120 correspondents worldwide.

For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, Executive Director,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4188, Fax: (514)

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