Thursday, February 19, 2009

Defendants acquitted in Politkovskaya murder trial

Three men accused of involvement in the murder of Anna Politkovskaya in October 2006 have been acquitted, the BBC reports. A fourth man still remains at large, but was also apparently acquitted by the jury.

HRW's Tanya Lokshina says (audio link) that the verdicts "send a chilling message" to critics of the Russian government, as they indicate that those who perpetrate killings of journalists, human rights defenders and others now have immunity from prosecution.

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