Ex-policeman faces trial in Politkovskaya's murder

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 11, 2012 at 11:09 am •  Published: December 11, 2012

MOSCOW (AP) — The son of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya on Tuesday criticized the authorities' deal with a former police officer accused of involvement in her 2006 killing, saying it wouldn't help to determine who ordered the murder.

Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, who is accused of helping track Politkovskaya's movements, is set to go on trial Wednesday after reaching a deal to assist investigators. The suspected triggerman and four others accused of involvement in the killing will be tried separately.

Politkovskaya, a sharp critic of the Kremlin and its policies in Chechnya, was gunned down in the elevator of her Moscow apartment building on Oct. 7, 2006. The investigators have failed to determine who ordered the hit.

The journalist's son, Ilya Politkovsky, said Pavlyuchenkov's deal would put him on a fast track with the authorities waiving questioning of the necessary witnesses. He would also qualify for a reduced sentence.

"I would like Pavlyuchenkov to appear together with all the participants of this criminal group, so that his testimony will be examined in the court . not in a closed court procedure where he won't give testimony but instead will simply confess his guilt, and that will be all," Politkovsky said.

The investigators have completed a probe of the suspected triggerman, Rustam Makhmudov, and four others, but no trial date has been set.

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