Khodorkovsky's business partner declines lawyers' services


MOSCOW, September 13 (RIA Novosti) -Former Yukos partner Platon Lebedev gave up his right to legal representation in an appeal against his sentence to nine years in prison, according to former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky's press center.

Two men's attorneys approached a Moscow court Monday with a request not to study charges against their clients, saying the setting of a court session regarding the issue on Sept. 14 was done in violation of the legal process.

Lebedev said in a statement on the website that he did not want to waste his and his lawyers' time on such a "formality" and would rather focus on preparing for dialogue with Russia's Supreme Court, the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

"An independent court would find that those material provide enough grounds for issuing the only possible decision to revoke the Meshchanksy Court's sentence and acquit Mikhail Khodorkovsky and me," Lebedev said. (more)

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