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Moscow court refuses to close Klebnikov-case notary's new trial

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MOSCOW, August 10 (RIA Novosti) - A Moscow court refused Thursday to drop a case against a notary who was earlier acquitted of murdering Forbes Russia editor Paul Klebnikov, a lawyer said.

On May 5, a jury acquitted Fail Sadretdinov and two other defendants, Chechens Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev, of Klebnikov's killing in 2004, but the notary was re-arrested and charged a week later with fraud while registering an apartment deal in 2002. Investigators said Sadretdinov had used a forged will to take possession of an apartment in Moscow.

Sadretdinov's lawyer Ruslan Koblev said the court had also ignored a petition to release their client from custody for health reasons.

Preliminary hearings will continue Friday, he said.

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