Medvedev council to probe Khodorkovsky ruling: chief

30th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's human rights council intends to investigate the 14-year sentence handed Thursday to Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, its chairman said Thursday.

"The council has always followed this high-profile case," presidential rights council chief Mikhail Fedotov told the Interfax news agency. "We clearly do not want to affect the court ruling," said Fedotov.

But he added that "of course, the council's opinion on this issue will be delivered to President Medvedev's attention first."

It was not immediately clearly what aspects of the ruling the council intended to study or what impact its findings might have.

A Moscow court sentenced Khodorkovsky and co-defendant Platon Lebedev to a 14-year jail term after convicting them of money laundering and embezzlement charges.

With time served since their 2003 arrest, this means that the pair are now scheduled for release in 2017.

© 2010 AFP

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