Former Russian intelligence officer's defence appeals against 25-year sentence

Saturday, Jul 16,2011, 1:32:57 PM

Lawyers for Foreign Intelligence Service Col Aleksandr Poteyev, who on 27 June was sentenced to 25 years in prison by the Moscow district military court for identifying a group of Russian undercover agents to the US authorities, have appealed against the sentence, corporate-owned Interfax news agency reported on 1 July.

"So far, only a brief appeal has been filed. As soon as the court prepares the full version of the decision, the materials will be supplemented," Dmitriy Mikhaylov, lawyer for Poteyev's wife, told Interfax.

He said that work on the documents may take around a month.

After the lodging of the appeal until the second instance hearing by the military board of the Russian Supreme Court, the ruling in absentia on the 25-year sentence for Poteyev will not be considered to have entered legal force.

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