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Russian Court Orders Khodorkovskii To Stay In Jail

Mikhail Khodorkovskii (file photo) 26 May 2004 -- A Russian court today ordered Mikhail Khodorkovskii, the former head of oil giant Yukos, to remain in custody.

Khodorkovskii's lawyer said the order was made without a hearing and violated her client's civil rights.

The ruling was made in conjunction with a formal notice that the preliminary hearing into Khodorkovskii's case is set for 28 May.

Khodorkovskii, Russia's richest man, has been in jail since 25 October on fraud and tax-evasion charges.

The trial of Platon Lebedev, the former chairman of Yukos holding company Group Menatep, began on 20 May. Lebedev has been jailed since his arrest on 2 July, which started the legal probe by prosecutors into Yukos and its major shareholders, including Khodorkovskii.