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Khodorkovsky appeal not likely to be heard until September

[JURIST] Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, sentenced Tuesday to nine years [JURIST report] in jail for fraud and tax evasion, will appeal the verdict [Khodorkovsky statement] but his lawyers say they do not expect the appeal to be considered until September [RIA Novosti report] at the earliest. President Bush said on Tuesday [press conference transcript] that the US is continuing to monitor the case [MosNews report] amidst concerns about due process and the rule of law in the trial.

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