Chubais Attack Suspects Acquitted

A Moscow City Court on Thursday acquitted three suspects charged with the attempted murder of Unified Energy Systems chief executive Anatoly Chubais.

Retired Colonel Vladimir Kvachkov and two other former soldiers were cleared of all charges and released in the court room, one of the defendant's lawyers said Thursday evening.

"They were acquitted by the majority of the jurors," Kvachkov's lawyer Ruslan Zakalyuzhny told Interfax.

Zakalyuzhny said the judge was expected to issue a formal verdict affirming the jury's decision on June 16.

In March 2005, a bomb exploded near an armored car carrying Chubais in the Moscow region.

Following the explosion, his car and the one carrying his security detail came under automatic weapon fire.

Chubais was not injured in the attack.