Judges in the fraud trial of ex-Yukos tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky in Moscow are due to resume reading the verdict for the fifth consecutive day. Defence lawyers say the judges have not even reached a third of the way through the inches-thick judgment.
Mr Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man, faces up to 10 years in prison.
His lawyers are unanimous in expecting a conviction.
There have been daily protests outside the court, and one of his lawyers has said the case is an "act of reprisal" for Mr Khodorkovsky's links with the liberal opposition.
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