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Russia prosecutors to appeal acquittal in murder of US journalist

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors said Saturday that they will appeal the acquittal [JURIST report] of two Chechens accused of murdering American journalist Paul Klebnikov [Wikipedia profile, Economist obituary]. Klebnikov, the editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, was in the process of investigating corruption in Russian business before his death in 2004 in Moscow. Prosecutor Dmitry Shokhin announced that he would appeal to the Russian Supreme Court as the lower court's trial was plagued by procedural violations.

Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev, accused of shooting Klebnikov, were acquitted by eight jurors Friday after pleading not guilty [JURIST report] at the trial's commencement in January. Prosecutors believe that Dukuzov and Vakhayev were working under the order [JURIST report] of Khozh-Akhmed Nukhayev [AFP profile], a Chechen separatist figure who was the subject of scrutiny of one of Klebnikov's books. AP has more.

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