The Kirov Regional Court has replaced the real jail time earlier given to Alexei Navalny and Pyotr Ofitserov for embezzlement of property belonging to the state-run timber company Kirovles by a suspended sentence.
"The Criminal Board of the Kirov Regional Court considered a criminal case on the appeals of Alexei Navalny, Pyotr Ofitserov and their defenders against a July 2013 sentence by the Leninsky District Court of Kirov in an open judicial hearing on October 16 and ruled to amend Navalny's sentence and replace his and Pyotr Ofitserov's punishment in the form of imprisonment by a suspended sentence with a probation period of five years for each," the judge said.
The Kirov Regional Court proclaimed that only the findings on Wednesday, and the full version of the ruling including the motives the court was guided by in amending the sentence will be available on Friday.
The defense team of Alexei Navalny and Pyotr Ofitserov considers any conviction unlawful and plans to appeal it, lawyer Sergei Kobelev told.
"Alexei Navalny has already spoken about the matter, and he plans to appeal the conviction. Therefore, the defense team will appeal the regional court's ruling, because it disagrees with the sentence," Kobelev said.
The defense team has already decided "in principle" what kind of appeal it will file against the ruling, he said.
"I can't tell you exactly when we are going to discuss this issue, but surely not today," Kobelev said.
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