Some 20 people seriously injured as Aeroflot plane hits air pocket in ThailandWorld May 01, 6:57
Russian members of VE Day motorbike rally not allowed into PolandWorld May 01, 1:55
Rally in Dutch capital pays tribute to Odessa fire victimsWorld May 01, 1:52
Russian traveler reaches South Africa by motorbikeSociety & Culture May 01, 0:49
Ukraine blows money by building dam to cut Crimea off water — Russian lawmakerRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 01, 0:41
Some 150,000 motorsport fans attend F1 racing weekend in Russia’s SochiSport May 01, 0:39
Putin, French ski legend Jean-Claude Killy join ice hockey training session in SochiSport April 30, 21:09
Putin awards Valtteri Bottas with Russian F1 GP TrophySport April 30, 18:02
FIA Formula One 2017 Russian Grand Prix boosts off in SochiSport April 30, 15:23
NEW YORK, September 1 (Itar-Tass) —— The lawyer of Konstantin Yaroshenko, a Russian pilot accused of conspiring to smuggle drugs, has asked the court to sentnece his client to ten years in prison.
Despite the fact that Yaroshenko was found guilty of committing a serious crime, a 10-year sentence, taking into account the details of the case, would be sufficient, the lawyer said in a petition sent to the court. He recalls that Yaroshenko was a member of a criminal group for a very short time and he was not the driving force of the conspiracy.
Earlier, prosecutors asked the court to sentence Yaroshenko to 30 years in prison. The prosecution believes that the penalty would be "fair and reasonable." Sentencing is scheduled for September 7 this year.
A month ago, a 30-year prison term was given to Nigerian Chigbo Peter Umeh, tried together with the Russian pilot on charges of drug smuggling.
Konstantin Yaroshenko was arrested in the capital of Liberia – Monrovia - at the end of May 2010, after which he was secretly taken to the United States. On April 28 this year after a three-week trial the jury found Yaroshenko and Umeh guilty of conspiracy to transport large quantities of drugs, part of which was intended to be sold in the United States. At the same time, other persons involved in the case - Nathaniel French and Kudufia Mawuko - were acquitted.
The 42-year-old Russian pilot is still in an investigation prison in New York.