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Navalny brought to court that may release him in own custody

July 19, 2013, 10:21 UTC+3
The court sentenced Navalny to a five-year term and a fine of 500,000 roubles on Thursday
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KIROV, July 19 (Itar-Tass) - Oppositionist Alexei Navalny and Petr Ofitserov are delivered to the Kirov region’s Court to participate in the hearing on the claim from the prosecution regarding their arrest at court immediately the verdict was voiced.

In the claim, the prosecution said the court prematurely and groundlessly changed the restraint. Thus, the state prosecution asks to change the restraint measures for Navalny and Ofitserov to their written obligations not to leave the country until the verdict enters the legal force.

If the prosecution’s application is satisfied, Navalny and former Director of the Vyatka Wood Company Petr Otitserov may be released from the pre-trial court already on Friday.

About 20 police and riot police are around the court now. Navalny’s supporters also come to the court building. The supporters tried to put up metal constructions with anti governmental banners and those supporting the oppositionist, but eh police asked them not to do so in the territory of the court, and the supporters decided to organise a supporting action nearby - on the other side of the road.

On July 18, the Kirov region’s Leninsky Court confirmed Navalny was guilty of organisation of a theft of big amounts of money, and Ofitserov supported the theft. The court sentenced Navalny to a five-year term and a fine of 500,000 roubles, and Ofitserov to a four-year term and a fine of 500,000 roubles. They were arrested at the court and put in Kirov’s pre-trial prison.

Their lawyers said they would appeal the verdict.

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