Jury formed for Politkovskaya murder trial
The Moscow City Court on Tuesday selected a new jury to hear the murder case of the Novaya Gazeta reporter Anna Politkovskaya.
The court disbanded the old jury on November 14, 2013 after Judge Pavel Melekhin agreed with the prosecutors' arguments that further hearings would not be possible following the resignation of three jurors due to heath problems or professional duties.
The injured party's representative Anna Stavitskaya told reporters that the hearings have been set for January 15.
The court appointed 12 backup jurors in addition to the main 12-member jury, she said, adding that most of the main jurors are women, and most of the backup jurors are men. She said the jurors' average age is 40-50 years. There are no natives of North Caucasus republics among them.
Politkovskaya was killed on October 7 2006 in the hallway of her apartment building in Moscow. The organizers of the murder have not been tracked down.
The five suspects - Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, his nephews Rustam Ibragim and Dzhabrail Makhmudov, and ex-Moscow police operative Khadzhikurbanov - stand accused of murder and illegal possession of weapons.
The perpetrator, Gaitukayev, organized a criminal group in 2006 in which the other suspects were involved, according to investigators. While plotting Politkovskaya's murder, the criminal group was acquiring weapons, while "Khadzhikurbanov was exercising control over its activities."
None of the five suspects has pleaded guilty.