Germany appeals for release of Kasparov

26th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

26 November 2007, Berlin - Germany voiced concern Monday at a pre-election crackdown over the previous two days on demonstrators in Russia.

26 November 2007

Berlin - Germany voiced concern Monday at a pre-election crackdown over the previous two days on demonstrators in Russia.

Government spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm called for the "immediate" release of opposition leader and former chess world champion Garry Kasparov.

A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman added that criteria for the rule of law had not been observed in dealing with Kasparov.

She said competing political groups had to have the opportunity for free speech, especially when an election was coming up.

Kasparov was arrested during a rally Saturday and sentenced to five days in prison. The crackdown on others continued Sunday.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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