Man jailed in Politkovskaya case
Friday, 14 December 2012 11:52
Man jailed in Politkovskaya caseDmitry Pavlyuchenkov is a former Moscow police officer

A former Russian police officer has been jailed for 11 years for his role in the murder of prominent journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov was found guilty by a court in Moscow of tracking Politkovskaya's movements and providing the killer with a gun.

He struck a plea bargain to qualify for a reduced sentence.

He was tried separately from five other men accused of the 2006 murder, which shocked human rights campaigners.

The court also ordered Lt Col Pavlyuchenkov to pay 3m rubles (£60,500; $97,500) in compensation to Politkovskaya's children.

The Politkovskaya family had demanded 10m rubles.

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Politkovskaya murder suspects

Anna Politkovskaya
  • Mysterious, unnamed "mastermind" who allegedly ordered the murder
  • Chechen career criminal Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, who allegedly passed on the order
  • Lt-Col Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, former Moscow police officer, convicted of equipping murder gang
  • Rustam Makhmudov, the alleged gunman
  • Dzhabrail and Ibragim Makhmudov, alleged getaway drivers
  • Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, former Moscow policeman who allegedly provided logistics support

After the verdict, Pavlyuchenkov was immediately led away from the courtroom by guards.

The other defendants include three members of the same Chechen family: Rustam Makhmudov, who is accused of firing the fatal shots, and his brothers Dzhabrail and Ibragim, who are accused of acting as getaway drivers.

All three men were tried and acquitted for lack of evidence in 2009 but the verdict was overturned by Russia's supreme court, which ordered them to be retried.

The prosecutors said Pavlyuchenkov was part of the gang formed by Chechen crime boss, Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, who was himself allegedly in the pay of an unidentified mastermind.

Gaitukayev was arrested in 2007 in a separate case and is currently serving a jail sentence for the attempted murder of a businessman. He was charged over the Politkovskaya murder last year.

Another former police officer, Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, has been charged with providing logistical support in the crime.

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