Lebedev's Lawyers File Complaint With European Court
March 21, 2006 -- Lawyers for Platon Lebedev, the former head of Russia's Menatep bank, have filed a complaint with the European Court for Human Rights saying their client was denied a fair trial.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky (left) and Platon Lebedev on trial in 2005 (AFP)
Lebedev's lawyer, Vladimir Krasnov, said the complaint with the Strasbourg-based court was filed on March 20.
Lebedev, a major shareholder of the Yukos oil company, and Yukos former head Mikhail Khodorkovsky were convicted in 2005 on fraud and tax-evasion charges. They were sentenced to eight years in prison each. Critics said the sentences against both men were Kremlin-inspired retribution for their political ambitions.
Defense lawyers for Khodorkovsky also said today they had filed a complaint with the European court.
Both men are serving their sentences in prisons in Siberia.