The Kirov Regional Court has agreed to reschedule a hearing into an appeal contesting the conviction of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, who was sentenced to five years in prison for embezzling funds of the timber company Kirovles, for October 16.
"Ahead of the appellate board's session, the Kirov Regional Court received a petition lodged by convict Navalny and his lawyer Mikhailova, who asked the court to postpone the appeal hearing as the Moscow City Court is due to consider an appeal on October 9 that was filed earlier by Navalny's lawyer. Given these circumstances, the court has decided to reschedule the appeal hearing. All of the sides in the legal proceedings have been notified of its new date, time and place accordingly," the court said in its resolution.
This decision was adopted at a session on October 3, it said.
On July 8, a Kirov court sentenced Navalny to five years in prison for embezzlement at the Kirovles enterprise. The other suspect in the case, Pyotr Ofitserov, was sentenced to four years. The two were taken into custody in the courtroom, but were released the next day with travel restrictions until the verdict came into effect.
The legal team representing Navalny and Ofitserov earlier demanded that the appeal in the Kirovles case be heard by Leninsky District Court of Kirov instead of the Kirov Regional Court because the district court failed to take commentaries to the trial records into consideration.
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