Court refuses to replace Navalny's suspended term with imprisonment

A Moscow court on Wednesday threw out an appeal from the Federal Penal Service (FSIN) to scrap opposition leader Alexei Navalny's five-year suspended sentence ordered for him in the Kirovles case and to put him in prison, an Interfax correspondent reported from the court.

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny reacts to the decision by a Moscow court to give him a suspended sentence of 3.5 years in the so-called Yves Rocher fraud case, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. He has been found guilty of fraud and given a suspended sentence of three and a half years. Source: AP

A Moscow court on May 13 threw out an appeal from the Federal Penal Service (FSIN) to scrap opposition leader Alexei Navalny's five-year suspended sentence ordered for him in the Kirovles case and to put him in prison, an Interfax correspondent reported from the court.

"Navalny, after receiving his suspended sentence, has regularly violated public order and has been given administrative penalties on two occasions," an FSIN representative told the Lyublinsky Court in seeking incarceration for the opposition activist.

The prosecution backed the FSIN appeal.

However, Navalny called himself a "law-abiding citizen. I have never violated public order, I was detained illegally. I ask you to decline the appeal of the FSIN," he told the court.

Lawyer Olga Mikhailova confirmed that Navalny had been strictly complying with the terms of his suspended conviction.

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