22 January 2009, 22:00

Advocate Musaev presents new proofs in support of innocence of persons suspected of murdering Politkovskaya

The interrogation of the defendants in Anna Politkovskaya's murder case - Ibragim and Dzhabrail Makhmudov - is over. Both brothers refuse to admit their guilt and cannot recollect what they were doing on the murder day. Advocate Murad Musaev tried to prove insufficiency of one of important evidences of the guilt of his clients - the detailed printout of Makhmudovs' telephone conversations on the day of murder. Mr Musaev told about it to the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.

The accusation asserts that on October 3, 2006, Ibragim and Dzhabrail soon after 3 p.m. were at the crossing of the Garden Ring Road with the Malaya Dmitrovka Street with the aim to show the victim to the killer, and on October 5 and 6 - in the Lesnaya Street to show him the place of murder.

However, according to the detailed printout of telephone conversations with addresses presented by Musaev, on October 3 after 3 p.m. Dzhabrail was in the vicinity of the University in the Stromynka Street, and Ibragim - in Tushino. On October 5, instead of the Lesnaya Street, Dzhabrail was in the Kutuzov Avenue in the vicinity of the Victory Square, and Ibragim - in Tushino. According to the advocate, on October 6 the brothers also were in different parts of Moscow, which is confirmed by the printout.

The second proof of Makhmudovs' innocence, presented by the advocate, concerned the car, which, under the version of the accusation, on October 7 was driven by Dzhabrail Makhmudov. "According to the photos made by the militia's 'Stream' in the period from summer to October 2006, this car was getting out of Moscow along the Gorki Highway on a regular basis. At the same time, according to the billing (printout), Dzhabrail was in Moscow in the area of the Garden Ring Road," Mr Musaev has stated. "It is obvious that the car was driven by another person."

The advocate has also noted that pressure is exerted on his clients. Today Dzhabrail, who evidenced on January 20, was put into dungeon for 10 day. "Dzhabrail has told me that today a SIM-card was searched in his cell, but nothing was found. Then, he was put into dungeon for keeping five hundred roubles, which Dzhabrail had earlier voluntarily given to the SIZO's administration. As he said, SIZO workers told him 'it was voluntarily - it will be compulsory' and sent him to dungeon," Mr Musaev has added.

Earlier, on December 20, Andrei Litvin, advocate of the third defendant - Sergey Khadzhikurbanov, expressed doubts of the veracity of the detailed billing printout of telephone conversations, presented as a proof of his client's guilt. The "Caucasian Knot" correspondent was told about it by human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina, who was present at the trial.

According to Ms Gannushkina, the court has found out that the number of outgoing calls from Ibragim to Dzhabrail Makhmudov was not equal to the number of incoming calls to Dzhabrail from Ibragim. Moreover, instead of "client" or "subscriber" both brothers were called "figurants" in the detailed billing printout.

The accusation party has asserted that this was the form of document as received from the "Megaphone" mobile operator. According to Gannushkina, all those present in the courtroom fell into laughter when heard that.

Author: Anastasia Kirilenko; Source: CK correspondent

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