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Calls for a new inquiry at Politkovskaya re-trial

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Calls for a new inquiry at Politkovskaya re-trial

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Three men suspected of being involved in the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya have gone on trial for a second time in Moscow.

Two brothers and another man appeared in the dock after being acquitted last February. Judges adjourned the re-trial until Friday, but the Politkovskaya family wants a fresh inquiry into the murder. “This process cannot uncover the truth at all, because the trial involves the same evidence and people, Dzhabrail and Ibragim Makhmudov and Sergei Khadzhikurbanov. That is why we will not hear anything new during this process,” said the family lawyer Anna Stavitskaya. An outspoken critic of the Kremlin, particularly its prosecution of the Chechan war, Politkovskaya was shot dead outside her apartment in 2006. The actual killer is still at large and the journalist’s supporters have questioned the authorities willingness to solve the case. The defendants’ legal team are confident the trio will be found innocent. “We think that it does not matter if this case is returned to the prosecutor’s office or if it remains in this court. If the court is objective, the defendants will be acquitted,” said defence lawyer Murad Musayev. Russia remains one of the most dangerous places for reporters and human rights workers — ranked the third most-deadly behind Iraq and Algeria. Last month, human rights’ activist Natalia Estemirova was found dead in Ingushestia after being kidnapped outside her home in neighbouring Chechnya.