Germany 'very worried' at Khodorkovsky sentence

30th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

The German government on Thursday said it was "very worried" after a Moscow court sentenced Russia's former richest man Mikhail Khodorkovsky to 14 years in jail in his second fraud trial.

"The German government is very worried by the verdict in the Khodorkovsky case," deputy spokesman Christoph Steegmans said in a statement.

"The trial and the sentence raise serious questions about respect for the rule of law and mark a step backward on the path to modernising Russia on which President Dmitry Medvedev had embarked."

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