Court postpones hearing for Pavlyuchenkov's arrest until August 26
MOSCOW, August 25 - RAPSI. A Moscow district court has postponed until August 26 its hearing of the restrictive measures to be imposed upon retired Lt. Col. Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, who is suspected of organizing the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) reported.
With its decision, the court satisfied the defenses petition for postponement.
Meanwhile, the judge decided to detain Pavlyuchenkov for another 72 hours - until August 28.
The court will resume its hearing on restrictive measures for Pavlyuchenkov at 14.00 Moscow time tomorrow.
Politkovskaya, well-known for her investigative journalism on human rights offenses in Chechnya, was killed in the elevator of her home in Moscow, on October 7, 2006. Investigators have stated they believe her journalism fed the motive for her murder.
According to Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin, investigators discovered that in late July 2006 Pavlyuchenkov was paid to mastermind Politkovskayas murder. He organized a gang that included, among others, three Makhmudov brothers. He bought the weapon, organized the plan, and delegated duties amongst the gang members.