Khodorkovsky's arrest in absentia appealed by public defender

Ex-Yukos head Khodorkovsky accused of organizing a series of murders

The public defender appointed for ex-Yukos head, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was accused of organizing a series of murders and attempted murders, appealed his arrest in absentia.

"The court received a complaint from the attorney appointed for Khodorkovsky. The date of the hearing at the Moscow City Court will be set later," Moscow's Basmanny District Court press service told Interfax on Monday.

On December 23, Moscow's Basmanny District Court ruled on the arrest in absentia for Khodorkovsky. Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax on that same day the businessman had been put on the international wanted list.

Markin recalled that the court ruled earlier to indict Khodorkovsky over the alleged organizing of a murder and the attempted murder of two or more people.

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