Putin on Khodorkovsky: 'a thief must be in prison'

16th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

The crimes of jailed tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky have been proven by the Russian judicial system, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday, declaring that a "thief must be in prison".

"I believe that a thief must be in prison," Putin said when asked to comment on the case of Russia's former richest man in his annual question and answer session.

"We must operate based on the fact that Mr Khodorkovsky's guilt has been proven in court," Putin added.

Khodorkovsky, already serving an eight year sentence in a case that has become a rallying point for Russian liberals, is awaiting a verdict in his second trial on charges of embezzlement and money laundering.

© 2010 AFP

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