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Khodorkovsky court adjourns, verdict due April 27

[JURIST] A Moscow court adjourned Monday to begin consideration in the criminal case against former Yukos [corporate website] CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky [BBC profile] on charges of embezzlement and tax evasion. Defense counsel finished its defense Friday [JURIST report], alleging that the charges against Khodorkovsky were trumped up by the government to quiet the politically active millionaire. Prosecutors asked the court for the maximum sentence [JURIST report] of ten years for Khodorkovsky. Judge Irina Kolesnikova said the court would return with a verdict on April 27. JURIST's Paper Chase has continuing coverage of Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive]. MosNews has local coverage.

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