Defense of Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is serving 20-year sentence in the U.S. prison Fort Dix on accusation of preparing to transport a large consignment of drugs, will contest New York prosecutor's office refusal of the to reconsider the case.
"We will submit our objections to the arguments, which the prosecutor's office gave today by the 30th," the pilot's lawyer Alexei Tarasov said on the Rossiya 24 (Russia 24) TV channel.
In the end, the federal court of the New York southern district will decide whether or not a new jury trial should be appointed on Yaroshenko's case, the attorney said.
The New York prosecutor's office dismissed on July 9 the request of the Russian pilot's defense to review the case taking into account new proof of his innocence.
Yaroshenko was arrested on May 28, 2010 in Liberia on a charge of plotting to transport cocaine and then deported to the U.S. On September 7, 2011 a U.S. court sentenced the Russian citizen to 20 years in prison. The pilot's health has deteriorated since early February. According to his relatives and lawyer, Yaroshenko has experienced chest pains and had trouble breathing.
According to the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the U.S. has posed unrealistic conditions for visiting Yaroshenko by Russian diplomats and doctors. In particular, the U.S. conditions granted a permit to have Yaroshenko examined by Russian doctors on the condition that they have a medical license issued by the state where the prison is situated (New Jersey), which essentially negates the possibility of carrying out this humanitarian mission.
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