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    MOSCOW, December 26 (RIA Novosti) - The Zamoskvoretsky court in Moscow has compelled the Federal Penitentiary Service to prove the necessity of sending Platon Lebedev to the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District in western Siberia, an attorney for the former Menatep head said Monday.

    The court began its consideration after Lebedev's lawyers petitioned to suspend the hearings on the case until January 16, 2005.

    "Lebedev was sent to the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District illegally," Lebedev lawyer Yelena Liptser said. "The law says that convicts should serve sentences in the region where they lived or were convicted, or in a nearby region."

    The attorney also said the Federal Penitentiary authorities had not taken into account Lebedev's chronic liver problems.

    On November 7, Lebedev's attorneys filed a petition with the Russian Prosecutor General's Office and the Federal Penitentiary Service protesting the transfer of their client.

    According to attorney Yury Shmidt, he and other lawyers representing former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky intend to file a similar petition with the court.

    Khodorkovsky is serving out his eight-year sentence in a colony in the Chita Region in Siberia. On September 22, the Moscow City Court cut the time in jail for Khodorkovsky and his business partner Lebedev from nine years to eight.

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