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Prosecutors to rest case against Khodorkovsky

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors are expected to rest their case Monday against former Yukos [corporate website] oil company CEO president Mikhail Khodorkovsky [BBC profile] in his trial on charges of tax evasion and fraud. Prosecutors are expected to announce sentencing recommendations as well. Khodorkovsky faces up to ten years in Siberia if convicted. Khodorkovsky and co-defendant Platon Lebedev have maintained that the charges are actually in response to Khodorkovsky's political ambitions, and that they expect to be found guilty. Even if acquitted, Khodorkovsky may face another trial, as prosecutors began an investigation in December on potential money laundering charges. JURIST's Paper Chase has continuing coverage of Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive]. Updates are available from Khodorkovsky's trial website. Reuters has more.

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