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Medvedev To Let Experts Study Khodorkovsky Case

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has agreed to let a team of legal experts study the case of jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Mikhail Fedotov, the Kremlin's top human rights adviser, said the idea was put to Medvedev at a closed-door meeting of his Human Rights Council on February 1.

Fedotov said the experts will not dispute Khodorkovsky's sentence but will speak about systemic problems linked to such cases and legal deficiencies. The experts would also look into other high-profile court cases.

Vadim Klyuvgant, a lawyer for Khodorkovsky, welcomed the idea but had doubts about its implementation.

Khodorkovsky, who was already nearing the end of an eight-year sentence for tax evasion, was sentenced in December to six more years behind bars for theft and money-laundering.

compiled from agency reports