Politkovskaya murderers get life sentences

The Moscow City Court has found guilty the five people named in the case regarding the murder of reporter Anna Politkovskaya.

The Moscow City Court has found guilty the five people named in the case regarding the murder of reporter Anna Politkovskaya.

Based on the guilty verdict of jurors Judge Pavel Melekhin found guilty Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, brothers Rustam, Dzhabrail and Ibragim the Makhmudov and former policeman Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, the Interfax correspondent reported.

On May 20 the jury returned a guilty verdict in regard to five suspects named in the Politkovskaya murder case - Chechen native Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, his nephews Rustam, Dzhabrail and Ibragim the Makhmudov and former policeman Sergei Khadzhikurbanov.

They were found guilty of murder and illegal arms trafficking. Makhmudov was also found guilty of kidnapping and extortion.

On May 27 state prosecution said in the Moscow City Court it asked to sentence the defendants to 15 years to life imprisonment.

In particular, prosecution asked to sentence suspected murder organizer Gaitukayev and Makhmudov, whom jurors found guilty of murdering Politkovskaya, to life imprisonment in a maximum security colony.

Prosecution asked to sentence former Moscow police department employee Khadzhikurbanov to 22 years in prison and brothers Dzhabrail and Ibragim the Makhmudov, who were found guilty of conspiracy in the crime, to 15 and 19 years respectively.

Representatives of the affected parties lawyer Anna Stavitskaya said that court should decide on punishment and that she urged the court to show leniency to brothers the Makhmudov and sentence them to eight years six months and eight years respectively.

The affected parties in the case also filed a civil suit of 5 million rubles (over $140,000) regarding the five defendants demanding 1 million rubles ($28,800) from each of them.

Novaya Gazeta reporter Anna Politkovskaya was murdered in the entrance on her Moscow building on October 7, 2006.

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