Court rejects Pussy Riot singer's complaint about time pressure to read case files

The Moscow City Court has ruled that the decision to limit the time, given to Pussy Riot singer Maria Alyokhina and her defense lawyer, to read the files of the punk prayer case, is lawful and it turned down defense lawyer Violetta Volkova's compliant, an Interfax correspondent has reported.

Moscow's Tagansky Court had earlier given all three singers and their defense lawyers until July 9 at investigators' request to read the files of the case.

The judge argued that the defendants and their defense attorneys, in fact, started reading the files of the case on June 7 and the time given was sufficient.

Investigators claimed that the defendants and their defense lawyers were deliberately dragging on time, the Moscow Police Department told Interfax.

"The preliminary inquiry had been through by June 4 and then the defendants and their defense lawyers started reading the seven-volume files. The defense lawyers have not even finished reading the first volume so far, while the defendants have read three," it said.

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