Defense team in Khodorkovsky case delivers summation

Defense team in Khodorkovsky case delivers summation

[JURIST] The defense team [defense website in English] for Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST News Archive] delivered its summation Tuesday, arguing that the state had failed to prove that the former CEO of oil giant Yukos [official site] had committed any crime. "This is a complete vacuum and in this vacuum we must defend ourselves," said defense counsel Genrikh Padva. Prosecutors closed their case last week, and demanded the maximum 10 year sentence for fraud and tax evasion. The nine month case has been criticized as being mere Kremlin retaliation for Khodorkovsky's funding of political opponents in the 2003 parliamentary elections. The final verdict is expected in May. Padva said Friday that Khodorkovsky could be pardoned under a traditional May 9 presidential amnesty to coincide with the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. AP has more. MosNews has local coverage of the trial.