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Russia 'Regrets' US Court Ruling on Pilot Yaroshenko Conviction Appeal

© Photo : Konstantin Yaroshenko's lawyerKonstantin Yaroshenko
Konstantin Yaroshenko - Sputnik International
Moscow deeply regrets a US appeals court ruling to uphold the conviction of jailed Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko following hearing on appeal by his lawyers, Russian Foreign Ministry's Human Rights Ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov said Wednesday.

Konstantin Yaroshenko - Sputnik International
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"This is deeply regretful and surprising because we know for certain that his lawyers have gathered convincing evidence pointing out at serious violations in Yaroshenko's case," Dolgov said.

"This confirms our conclusions that it has been nothing but a political put-up job, the entire case has been politicized," the diplomat stressed.

The US authorities detained Yaroshenko in Liberia in 2010 after conducting a sting operation across West Africa, and transferred the Russian pilot to the United States where he was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a US court on charges of smuggling cocaine.

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