Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Khodorkovsky, Lebedev Demand Criminal Case Against Judge Danilkin

Posted by Info on 17/05/2011

Natalia Vasilyeva, a former aide to Judge Danilkin, who extended the two men’s jail terms, said he was acting under orders from the Moscow City Court when he gave his verdict, thus that the verdict handed down in December against the former oligarch was determined by “higher” powers. She said the original verdict by Khamovniki Court Judge Viktor Danilkin was “replaced” and a new one forced upon him against his will. Vasilyeva said she had no doubt she would be dismissed over her statement.

A legal adviser to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday he was ashamed to hear allegations that the judge in the second trial of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky did not reach the verdict on his own.

Jailed Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev sent a demand to the Russian Investigative Committee to launch a criminal case against Judge Viktor Danilkin, who sentenced them to 14 years imprisonment.
Khodorkovsky, 47, and Lebedev, 54, were told in December they would have to stay in jail until 2017 after being found guilty of embezzling from their former oil firm Yukos and laundering the proceeds. A Moscow court on Tuesday delayed until May 24 the hearing of an appeal lodged by Khodorkovsky.
“Today we sent an application to Russian Investigative Committee head Alexander Bastrykin, as well as to Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika, demanding prosecution of Danilkin, the heads and judges of the Moscow City Court, as well as investigators Karimov and Alysheva, prosecutors Lakhtina, Shokhin, Ibragimov, Smirnov and other individuals for handing down an intentionally illegal sentence, togther with obstruction of justice,” lawyer Yelena Liptser said.


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