Russia court orders new Politkovskaya murder probe

Chechnya which declared independency after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 but was attacked by Russian forces in two wars since the mid-1990s.

Russia court orders new Politkovskaya murder probe
Russia's Supreme Court on Thursday agreed a request from the family of murdered Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya to send the case back to prosecutors for a new probe to find whoever ordered her shooting.

A Moscow military court last month turned down a petition by Politkovskaya's family to return the case to prosecutors to be merged with an investigation to find whoever masterminded the murder.

Politkovskaya, a 48-year-old mother of especially rights abuses in Chechnya, was shot as she returned to a central Moscow apartment block from a supermarket on Oct. 7, 2006.

Chechnya which declared independency after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 but was attacked by Russian forces in two wars since the mid-1990s.

Still low-level insurgency continues in Muslim states controlled by Russia.

Human rights groups have repeatedly accused the authorities of serious abuses including house burning, extra-judicial killings, torture and illegal punishment.


Reuters
Last Mod: 03 Eylül 2009, 17:19
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