Independent expertise of Khodorkovsky case postponed

Russia’s President’s human rights council has postponed the independent expert assessment of high profile criminal cases of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev, former owners of the Yukos oil company.

According to the council’s member Mara Polyakova, the expertise of the legal proceeding on the second trial of Khodorkovsky and Lebedev will begin after the court’s decision comes into force.  

In December 2010, the court sentenced Khodorkovsky and Lebedev to 14 years finding them guilty of oil theft and money laundering. The two has already served seven years under the first penalty for embezzlement.

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