A Russian policeman in Ingushetia was sentenced on Friday to two years in a low-security prison settlement for "unintentionally" shooting dead a prominent opposition reporter while in custody.
Magomed Yevloyev, owner of Ingushetia's main opposition news Website, was killed by a pistol shot to the head after being detained at the local airport on Aug 31, 2008.
His death sparked massive protests against the local authorities in the Muslim region.
The presiding judge said policeman Ibragim Yevloyev, who also served as the local interior minister's chief bodyguard, had committed "involuntary" manslaughter, Interfax news agency reported. The two men were not related.
The www.ingushetia.org Website said the judge had described the killing as "unintentional", echoing similar statements by prosecutors. Opposition leaders have repeatedly said Yevloyev was murdered.
Interfax news agency quoted Yevloyev's father, Yakhya, as saying he disagreed with the sentence.
"This was not an unintentional murder, it was a deliberate, well-prepared and well-organised murder," he said. Itar-Tass news agency quoted defence lawyers as saying they would appeal against the sentence.
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