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    MOSCOW, January 15th, 2004 (RIA Novosti correspondent Maria Lokotetskaya) - Mikhail Khodorkovsky has assured the judges that he has no intention of hiding if the judges find it possible to release him from the detention centre.

    Moscow's City Court is considering Khodorkovsky's release from custody today.

    The former CEO of the Yukos company is participating in the court's session through a TV linkup.

    "I'd like to reaffirm that I am not going to escape the investigation," he said addressing members of the board of appeal.

    According to Khodorkovsky, the investigation has no information about him hampering the investigative process. "The note confiscated from my lawyer (Olga Artyukhova) does not belong to me," said the arrested.

    In his words, when the note was confiscated he was not familiar with his case and could not give instructions to people to correct the interrogations.

    "Even if I did want to commit any of the crimes the prosecutor's office is accusing me of, I would not have the opportunity to do so. There is no investment activity at the moment, I am not heading any organisations and have no shares," stressed the defendant.

    He backed his lawyer Genrikh Padva's proposal to place him under house arrest.

    "I think my imprisonment is illegal," said Khodorkovsky.

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