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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Politkovskaya Hearings to Start Aug. 5

A Moscow court will start preliminary hearings in August for the retrial of three suspects in the 2006 murder of reporter Anna Politkovskaya, a lawyer for her family said Wednesday.

“A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 5,” Anna Stavitskaya told Interfax.

The hearings, which will be held behind closed doors in the Moscow Regional Military Court, will consider procedural points and determine when the retrial will start, Interfax reported.

On Feb. 20, a jury cleared former police officer Sergei Khadzhikurbanov and Chechen brothers Dzhabrail and Ibragim Makhmudov, but the Supreme Court overturned the verdict and ordered a retrial last month.

The three will go on trial with a fourth defendant, former Federal Security Service officer Pavel Ryaguzov, who was accused with Khadzhikurbanov of abuse of office in a separate case.