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article imageEx-policeman jailed in Russia for Politkovskaya murder

By Layne Weiss     Dec 15, 2012 in Crime
Moscow - A former Russian police officer found guilty in the 2006 murder of prominent journalist Anna Politkovskaya, was sentenced Friday to 11 years in jail.
Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov was also fined 3 million roubles ($97,800) for tracking Politikovskaya's movements and providing her killer with the gun used to kill her, Reuters reports.
The prosecutor had requested 12 years and in prison for the former Lieutenant Colonel, aged 44, and Politkovskaya's family was seeking 10 million rubles ($330,000) in compensation for "moral damages," RBTH
Pavlyuchenkov, however, struck a plea bargain deal and was given a reduced sentence, BBC News reports.
He was tried separately from the other men accused in Politkovskaya's murder, and was allowed to admit his guilt without testifying.
Judge Alexander Zamashnyuk said in his verdict Friday that Pavlyuchenkov's actions were "premeditated and paid for," the LA Times reports.
"We are happy that at least one person in this case has been held responsible," Anna Staviskaya, a lawyer for Anna Politkovskaya's family said, Reuters reports. "(But) he should have been given a longer jail sentence than just 11 years."
Both sides will appeal the verdict, RBTHU reports.
"Justice has not been done fully, but it has not been done," Ilya Politkovskaya, Anna's son said.
The other defendants in the murder include three brothers from a Chechen family: Rustam, Dzhabrail and Ibragim Makhmudov. Rustam is accused of firing the fatal shots, while his brothers are accused of driving the getaway cars, BBC News reports.
The Makhmudov brothers were tried, but acquitted due to lack of evidence in 2009. The verdict, however, has since been overturned by Russia's Supreme Court, which has ordered the men to be retried.
On Friday, Pavlyuchenkov apologized to Anna's family for his role in her murder. He said he acted out of fear that if he didn't comply, Chechen crime boss, Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, would have him killed, the LA Times reports. He named Gaitukayev as the organizer of the attack, but there is said to be a mastermind who had paid Gaitukayev. That person is still unknown.
Anna, a harsh critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was shot four times, including once in the head, on October 7, 2006, the president's birthday.
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