MOSCOW, July 24 (RAPSI) - Suspects in the murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya have pleaded not guilty in court, RAPSI reported from the courtroom on Wednesday.
Earlier, the court selected a jury, but children of murdered journalist as well as suspects' attorneys remained dissatisfied with the selection.
Novaya Gazeta newspaper journalist Politkovskaya was shot and killed in her apartment building on October 7, 2006. Her murder has been linked by some experts to her coverage of human rights abuses in Chechnya.
The five suspects include former police officer Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, Rustam, Ibragim, and Dzhabrail Makhmudov, and their uncle Lom-Ali Gaitukayev.
A sixth suspect, former police officer Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, who earlier signed a plea bargain, gave evidence against his accomplices and was sentenced to 11 years in prison in December 2012.
The investigators believe that Rustam Makhmudov committed the murder with the help of his brothers Ibragim and Dzhabrail, their uncle and Khadzhikurbanov.