Chechens accused of murdering US journalist to face trial

[JURIST] Russian authorities said Monday that two Chechens accused of murdering [JURIST report] the editor of the Russian version of Forbes, American Paul Klebnikov, in July 2004 will soon face trial, in a statement published on the website of the Prosecutor General [official website; in Russian]. "In the course of the criminal investigation it was established that the murder was carried out by members of an organized crime group," the statement read. Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev are accused of killing Klebnikov and the prosecutor generals' statement indicated that police are still searching for three other men who played a role in the murder. One of the men still being pursued, Khozh-Akhmed Nukhayev, has been accused of ordering the shooting [JURIST report] in retaliation for a book Klebnikov wrote in which he sharply criticized Nukhayev, a criminal boss linked to Chechen separatists. Reuters has more.

 

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