New investigation of journalist's deathPosted Apr 15 2009
Investigators have reopened the investigation of a Russian opposition journalist’s death seven months ago, Reuters reported his family’s lawyer as saying March 16.
Magomed Yevloyev, editor of a news Web site known for its reports on the government in the Ingushetia region, was shot in the temple and killed Aug. 31 while in police custody.
No one was charged after the initial investigation, which concluded that Yevloyev’s death was an accident. Police at the airport had detained him, though it was unclear as to the reasoning. Local police alleged Yevloyev had attempted to grab a policeman’s gun during the arrest, the BBC reported, whereupon he was shot in the head.
Musa Pliyev, Yevloyev’s family’s lawyer, told Reuters that the police would be investigated for “abuse of office during the unlawful detention of Magomed Yevloyev.”
“The investigation will also now aim to establish the persons who participated in his detention, as well as those who sanctioned his transportation to a police station,” he said.
In the months preceding Yevloyev’s death, authorities made numerous attempts to shut down his Web site, Ingushetiya.ru. The site was ordered to be closed in June 2008 for being “extremist,” and was cited for libel and “public advocacy of extremist activities.” However, local authority had no jurisdiction over his Web site because it was registered in the United States.
Weeks before his death, Yevloyev was rumored to be aware of threats on his life. The Moscow Times reported that he had fled the country to find refuge from political pressure. The events that led to his death unfolded when Yevloyev landed at the local airport weeks later.