Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Khodorkovsky, Lebedev Declared Guilty In Second Trial

Posted by Info on 27/12/2010

Today on December 27 former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev were declared guilty by the judge at the culmination of their second new trial in Moscow’s Khamovniki court .

Khodorkovsky and Lebedev, who have already spent seven years behind bars for tax evasion, are facing new charges of embezzling 218 tons of oil from Khodorkovsky’s former oil firm Yukos and laundering over 3 billion rubles ($97.5 million) in revenues. The two men face up to 14 years in jail, though a sentence has not yet been handed down.

The Khamovniki court has called off the live broadcast of the verdict announcement for the press, preventing over 100 journalists from covering the event.


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