Politkovskaya murder investigation completed
MOSCOW, August 21 - RAPSI. Investigators have completed their probe of public officer Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov's alleged planning of journalist Anna Politkovskaya's murder, his defense attorney Karen Nersesyan told the Russian Legal Information Agency.
"After the defendant reviews the case materials and the indictment is approved, the case will be sent to the Moscow City Court," said Nersesyan.
He added that the case will be considered under a special procedure since his client has admitted to the crime and has entered into a plea agreement.
The special procedure implies a case hearing without reviewing the evidence or interrogating witnesses and the court cannot sentence the defendant to a maximum punishment.
Pavlyuchenkov's house arrest will last until November.
Pavlyuchenkov has been charged with "the contract murder of an individual in connection with his official duties and committed as part of a group" and "illegal arms trafficking. The maximum punishment for these crimes is life imprisonment.
Politkovskaya was well known for journalistic investigations into human rights offenses in Chechnya. She was killed in Moscow on October 7, 2006. Investigators believe her journalism activities precipitated her murder.
Six people are considered suspects in the case - former police officer Pavlyuchenkov, Chechen-born Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, former police officer Sergei Kadzhikurbanov and the Makhmudov brothers.
The court issued an arrest warrant for Pavlyuchenkov in late August 2011.