New York, December 17, 2012--The Committee to Protect
Journalists today called for a retrial of a key defendant in the murder of Anna
Politkovskaya. The defendant, a former senior police official, was sentenced
Friday in a deal that Politkovskaya's family and colleagues fear will not
ultimately identify the crime's true masterminds.
Moscow City Court wrapped up the two-day, closed trial of former
police Lt. Col. Dmitry
Pavlyuchenkov, who was originally charged with organizing the 2006 killing
of the prominent Novaya Gazeta correspondent
but, under a deal he cut with investigators, was tried only for being an
accomplice. According to the deal, Pavlyuchenkov was obligated to fully confess
his role in the murder and name its mastermind, Novaya Gazeta said. The journalist's family and colleagues say
Pavlyuchenkov did not fulfill those conditions, but their appeals to invalidate
the deal were denied.