Thursday, June 13, 2013

Court Refuses to Order Navalny's Arrest

A Russian court refused to issue an arrest warrant for Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, which prosecutors requested after he failed to appear in court, because he was being questioned elsewhere. Prosecutors in Kirov, where Navalny is facing embezzlement charges, called for the warrant, saying he had “not provided any evidence of sufficient reason for his absence in court,” the RAPSI news agency reported. Defense lawyers argued that he could not appear in Kirov as he had been summoned for questioning at the same time by the Investigative Committee in Moscow and was fulfilling that legal obligation. Navalny himself said the same thing via Twitter, adding that the Investigative Committee called him in “in connection with a completely different case.” The Kirov judge, Sergei Blinov, adjourned the hearing for a little under an hour to make the determination.

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