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'Troika' To Hear Police Shooting Case In Moscow

Police Major Denis Yevsyukov being escorted into a Moscow court on April 29
MOSCOW -- Moscow officials said today that a three-judge court or "troika" will open the trial next week of the policeman accused of killing two people and wounding 22 others in a Moscow supermarket in April, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Moscow City Court spokeswoman Anna Usacheva said today that former policeman Denis Yevsyukov requested his case be tried not by a jury but by the "troika."

The court today also ordered that Yevsyukov's detention be extended until June 9.

But Igor Trunov, a lawyer for the victims, asked the court to postpone the trial until his appeal is decided in another court about violations that were made during the investigation of the case.

Yevsyukov was the chief of the Interior Ministry in Moscow's Tsaritsyno district.

In April, he entered a local supermarket after an apparent quarrel with his spouse and began shooting people.