Russia Orders Retrial in Journalist's Murder

Supreme Court throws out acquittals in Politkovskaya case
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2009 5:33 AM CDT
Politkovskaya was shot in her apartment building in a 2006 killing that investigators have linked to her reporting. She exposed human rights abuses in Chechnya and was critical of the Kremlin.    (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)
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(Newser) – Russia's Supreme Court has overturned the acquittals of three men in the murder of crusading journalist Anna Politkovskaya, and ordered a retrial, reports the BBC. Prosecutors claimed that judicial irregularities and misinformation led to an improper verdict, and Politkovskaya's newspaper colleagues have accused the police of shoddy work. Despite international attention in the case, neither the actual triggerman nor those who ordered the killing have been found.