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Fraud Conviction For Man Acquitted In Klebnikov Killing

Paul Klebnikov (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) January 31, 2007 -- A Moscow court has convicted on fraud and forgery charges a notary who was one of three men acquitted in the killing of U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov.

Fail Sadretdinov was sentenced to nine years in prison. A jury last May acquitted two Chechens who had been accused in the 2004 killing of Klebnikov, the editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition.

Sadretdinov, who prosecutors alleged was linked with the two Chechens, was acquitted as well. Russia's highest court later overturned the acquittal and ordered a new trial.

(compiled from agency reports)