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Russia: Lawmakers Appeal To Supreme Court In Pasko Case

Moscow, 10 July 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Russian activists and lawmakers from the Yabloko party appealed today to Russia's Supreme Court to reconsider the treason conviction of journalist Grigorii Pasko. The appeal urges the overturning of last month's decision by the Supreme Court's military panel to uphold the verdict against Pasko.

Pasko was sentenced to four years in prison in December by a military court in Vladivostok for attending a meeting of Russian naval commanders and taking notes. The court ruled that Pasko intended to pass the notes to Japanese media.

The Yabloko appeal asks Supreme Court Chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev to protest the military panel's decision to uphold the ruling and to reconsider the case in the Supreme Court's presidium, its highest body.