Psychiatric examination of Politkovskaya's suspected murderer validated
MOSCOW, May 28 - RAPSI. The Moscow Basmanny District Court has validated on Monday the psychiatric examination of Rustam Makhmudov, who has been charged with killing journalist Anna Politkovskaya, his lawyer Daria Trenina told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com).
"Investigators acquainted me and my client with the order to hold a psychiatric examination, as well as its results. This prevented us from preparing for the examination," Trenina said.
In this regard, Makhmudov appealed the investigators actions, declaring them to be unlawful. However, the court ruled against the appeal and validated the examination.
Makhmudov has been charged with murder, illegal arms trafficking, leaving a person in danger and obstructing the right to freedom of conscience and religious worship. In another case, he has been accused of kidnapping and conjoint extortion under the threat of murder.
Politkovskaya, who was known for her investigative journalism on human rights offenses in Chechnya, was killed in Moscow on October 7, 2006.
Five people are considered suspects in the case - former police colonel Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, former police officer Sergei Kadzhikurbanov and the Makhmudov brothers.