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Friday, May 20, 2005


Khodorkovsky verdict drags on

From BBC News:

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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