Police officer charged in Russian journalist death

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian investigators say a police officer has been charged with accidentally shooting a journalist held in custody in the troubled southern province of Ingushetia.

Magomed Yevloyev, who ran a popular Web site that reported on abuses, abductions and killings plaguing Ingushetia, died on August 31.

The Investigative Committee under the Prosecutor General's office said in a statement Friday that the officer is accused of accidentally pulling the trigger. His case has been sent to court.

Yevloyev's death prompted an angry outpouring from people sympathetic to his biting criticism of authorities in Ingushetia which lies west of Chechnya. His death renewed concerns about the safety of journalists in Russia.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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